Carrie Nation was a radical member of the temperance movement in Pre-Prohibition America. She gained notoriety by using vandalism to promote her viewpoint and frequently attacked taverns with the use of a hatchet. In the first decade of the 20th century, Nation was arrested over 30 times for these “hatchetations”.
Carrie Nation Restaurant opened its doors to a warm Beacon Hill welcome in the spring of 2013. With its launch came a venue for Boston locals and visitors to sample Executive Chef Steve Morlino’s tasty concoctions. The Dinner Menu boasts eclectic and delectable offerings such as Duxbury Mussels, Moroccan Lamb Tagine, or Lobster BLT. Steve Morlino’s take on Mac and Cheese (with truffles), Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Skirt Steak Frites have already proven to be local favorites on the Carrie Nation menu. Carrie Nation is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; serving lunch 7 days a week as well as offering a proper afternoon cocktail menu between lunch and dinner services. A chilled Raw Bar featuring a fresh assortment of seafood is available daily and the dessert menu features a lighthearted take on American staples. An immediate stand out is the tomato soup cake with cream cheese frosting. Served with candied bacon and fried basil, it is a complex rejuvenation of this classic Roaring ‘20s recipe.
The main bar, heavily stocked with whiskeys, enticing cocktails, and a knowledgeable staff would surely be enough to have Carrie Nation herself pounding at the door, hatchet in hand. Its sleek design and ample seating allows for the signature cocktails (boasting the monikers of Cops & Robbers, Writers & Fighters, and so on) to keep the evening’s conversations interesting and the drinks flowing well into the night. Walking up to the second floor, you are met with one more room, The Speakeasy, Beacon Hill’s latest refuge delivering an intimate club feel for all. Pool tables, plush seating, and the lingering smell of bourbon provide a haven for a relaxing after-dinner drink.
Aside from the nourishment and libations, Carrie Nation’s team strives to give Boston a new and exciting guest experience, one that encourages thoughtful conversation and borrows a little inspiration from an iconic era of our great history.