The following announcement was provided by Bottleneck Management:
After the COVID-19 pandemic stalled its opening to the public,Bottleneck Managementannounces the official grand opening ofCity Works Eatery & Pour Houseat 91 Arsenal Yards Blvd. on Wednesday, July 22 at 4 p.m.
City Works was scheduled to open its doors in Watertown on March 13 after its First Draft soft opening event raised $4,338 for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Four months past its original opening date, City Works in Arsenal Yards remains a vibrant and energetic restaurant with a focus on classic American food and an expansive beer and beverage list.With a spacious interior (8,429 square feet), three 110” HDTVs and 12 65” HDTVs, and outdoor patio (1,172 square feet) with socially distanced tables, semi-private dining areas, and over 90 craft beer handles and eight wines on draft, City Works offers something for everyone this summer.
“It’s so exciting to be able to officially open our doors, bring our employees back on, and begin serving our guests in Watertown, safely and in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and our local authorities,” says Angela Zoiss, Vice President of Marketing for Bottleneck Management. “We are ecstatic to be able to finally build a connection with the local community and do what we do best.”
After conducting a survey to guests to gather feedback on their comfort level returning to the restaurant, Bottleneck Management and the City Works team have implemented new measures to ensure the safety of guests and all employees. These new procedures include mandating employees to wear masks and wash their hands every 30 minutes, setting up hand sanitizing stations throughout the restaurant and patio, scheduling sanitization of all shared surfaces every 30 minutes, limiting physical contact and touchpoints, and maintaining proper social distancing guidelines. Bottleneck Management has also created a new staff position, the Shift Safety Manager, to ensure protocol is being followed by all staff.
City Works offers a well-rounded menu for dine-in guests with a few new menu items. The menu includes bar bites and appetizers such as beer batteredFried Pickles,Nashville Hot or Southern FriedPopcorn Chickenwith ranch dressing, and the newQueso Dipwith hot chorizo, pepper jack cheese sauce, queso fresco, green onions, and micro cilantro, served with corn tortilla chips. The menu also offers burgers and handhelds like the signatureCity Works Burgerwith aged white cheddar, shredded iceberg lettuce, vine-ripened tomato, red onion, and a dill pickle, and the buttermilk breadedFried Chicken Sandwichmade with spicy bread and butter pickles and Carolina mustard BBQ sauce on a brioche bun. City Works also serves theImpossible Burger™topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, and vegan roasted-garlic horseradish aioli. Entrées includeSmoked BBQ Ribs,City WorksChopped Salad,andthe newTex Mex Mac & Cheesewith spicy chorizo, roasted jalapeno, jack cheese sauce, crispy tortilla strips, and cilantro over cavatappi.
The restaurant also hosts aRock n’ Roll themed brunchon the weekends until 3 p.m. complete with Rock n’ Roll music, great food, and a good time. Beginning on Saturday, July 25, the menu features dishes likeMother’s Little Helperbowl with smoked cheddar grits, braised pork belly, breakfast sausage, and fried egg, topped with smoked tomato and charred scallion relishandChak Shuka Khanwith spicy tomato sauce, sunny-side up eggs, and goat cheese served with a toasted garlic baguette.Groups can also indulge in shareable dishes likeDock of the Beignetsderived from Café du Monde’s famous recipe for French doughnuts served with chocolate hazelnut sauce and mixed berry jam for dipping.
Brunch beverage offerings include theBeermosamade with the restaurant’s signature beer, Bottlenectar, Tanqueray gin, and orange juice; theFlapjack Old Fashionedmade with rye whiskey, butterscotch Schnapps, candied maple syrup, bacon, and orange bitters; and theHot Blooded, an 18 oz. spicy Bloody Mary crowned with fried onion rings and garnished with a celery stalk and a skewer loaded with candied bacon, housemade spicy pickles, a cheese curd, an olive, cornichon, pepperoni, pickled jalapeños, and a hard-boiled egg. Guests can also order mimosas by the flight by choosing four flavors with options such as classic, Bellini, Aperol, rosé, paloma, tropical, and more.
City Works re-opens on July 22 and will be open Monday through Thursday from 4-10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. -11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Happier Hours continue with both food and drink specials every weekday from 3-6 p.m. Guests who would like to enjoy City Works’ food and beverages from home can check on the website in the coming weeks for options for delivery and takeout. Visit online athttps://www.cityworksrestaurant.com/watertown/, on Instagram@CityWorksUS, on Twitter@CityWorksUS, or Facebook@CityWorksWatertown.