Big Bird, Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and a mega load of media from every broadcast station in the greater Boston area gathered in front of Forum Bar and Restaurant on Boylston Street for the grand re-opening Aug. 15.
As the ribbon was cut, all reflected on the last tragic moments when this upscale restaurant was last open, right before the first bombings on Marathon Monday. As guests entered Forum, they were greeted by the courageous Forum staff who only four months earlier endured the horror --- forever affected, but Forum Strong.
I had only dined at Forum once before – on the eve of the Boston Wine Expo in the company of wine heiress Gina Gallo. The evening was spent dining on great food and Gallo signature wines, and I thought I’d remember Forum as the place I got to know Gina. Alas, my memories now collide: an inspirational evening with an icon, and a devastating moment in time. But to be Forum Strong -- Boston Strong, is to move forward. So I embraced the opportunity to visit during the re-opening celebration and enjoyed plentiful appetizers – many duck-themed, incredible Rioja wine and the company of those who shared their stories about the grueling moments of Marathon Monday and how each involved tried to make sense of what happened in the moment of crisis.
Former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi and his members of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, supporters in attendance during the Marathon, were on hand at the re-opening event at Forum to support cancer research and show the world the unyielding strength of the city of Boston.
During the event, Forum Bar and Restaurant General Manager Chris Loper announced: “Our restaurant has been and will continue to be a special destination in Boston. We are so proud of our staff and the team who has all combined efforts to help rebuild Forum into a new and exciting place for our guests to enjoy. We look forward to inviting our loyal guests, fellow Bostonians, and guests from around the world back to our wonderful new restaurant.”
Forum Bar and Restaurant is located on Boylston Street and offers two floors of inspired yet approachable dining as well as a vibrant bar and lounge area. Guests will notice a brand new bar at the front of the restaurant and a colorful rich décor on the first floor with numerous seating options from booths to a communal table and hi-top tables.
The exterior façade has been completely redesigned with the new Forum Bar and Restaurant logo and new outdoor awnings. Guests will enjoy the welcoming seasonal patio and al fresco lounge area, as well as the fresh look of the interior, which combines a comfortable, yet upscale feel that compliments the creative new menus featuring inspired dishes focusing on local, seasonal ingredients. There will also be a strong focus on gluten-free menu options. Brunch will be served on Sundays and the bar and lounge will continue to be a popular after-work meeting place. Brunch will be served on Saturdays and Sundays, and the bar will continue to be a popular after-work meeting place.
The culinary program at the new Forum Bar and Restaurant will be overseen by up and coming Executive Chef Dan Schroeder, who has spent several years working at prestigious country clubs across New England. Prior to that, Schroeder spent time in kitchens on the West Coast- including resorts in Oregon and Hawaii. Schroeder is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute.
The extensive and inspired menu at Forum Bar and Restaurant will include a variety of delicious appetizers, such as: Shrimp Summer Rolls with Ginger Remoulade; Crab Poppers served with an Old Bay Tartar Sauce; Soy Sesame Marinated Roasted Quail; and Forum’s famous Fish Tacos, with fresh halibut, Pickled Radish and Cilantro Vinaigrette.
There is a wide selection of soups and salads at Forum Bar and Restaurant which include: Maine Lobster Chowder with Shrimp and Crab Galette; Homemade Chicken Soup; the Forum Chopped Salad and an Arugula and Strawberry Salad. The wide variety of dinner entrees will appeal to all guests, including several Gluten Free options, and will feature: House-made Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms; Pan Roasted Halibut served with a Lobster Chorizo Risotto; Spiced Seared Tuna with Cucumber Mango Salad, Avocado, White Soy Passion Fruit Vinaigrette, the 8oz. Bone Marrow Encrusted Filet served with a Red Wine Demi-Glace and Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Sweet Corn and Pickled Cherries.
The beverage program at Forum Bar and Restaurant was a collaboration between Forum Bar Manager Pete Polselli and award-winning mixology and spirits educator, Troy Clarke. Together, they have created a thoughtful mix of seasonal and classic cocktail list that will rotate several times a year. Fresh fruits and infusions are created in-house to give guests cocktails that are flavorful, pure and clean. The cocktail list features inspired drinks, such as: the Bacon and Fig Old Fashioned that is made with a bacon and fig infused bourbon, maple syrup, and angostura bitters; the Ginger Nectarine Smash which is made with Mt. Gay Barrel, mint, nectarines and ginger; and the Serenity that features Altar Bliss, freshly squeezed lemonade, Ketel One and Dimmi Liquer. The selection of classic cocktails will include: the Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, Paloma and Tom Collins. Two non-alcoholic drinks will also be available and include a seasonal house made soda and a classic Chocolate Egg Cream.
For more information, call 857-991-1831 or visit www.forumboston.com.