Sorry Huskies, but the beloved Northeastern dive bar Our House East has closed its doors. Luckily, an all-star team has given the space a fresh look with the new dual concept restaurant Two Saints Tavern & Dos Diablos Taco Bar.
Located near Symphony Hall, this recent addition to Boston's food scene comes courtesy of Brian O’Donnell and Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey, the masterminds behind local hotspots like Lion’s Tail and McGreevy’s. The compound restaurant has a "rustic tavern" meets "gótico-chic" vibe thanks to HGTV star and Milton native Taniya Nayak, who oversaw the design of the 5,000-square-foot space.
While Two Saints and Dos Diablos will each have their own entrances, style of decor and menu options, both sides will be helmed general manager Chuck Hitchcock. Summer Shack and Church alum Andrew White is also serving as executive chef for both concepts.
Two Saints offers more of an "urban" tavern feel with wooden paneled walls, neon beer signs, a retractable projection screen, iron chandeliers and a mural of a modern day Rosie the Riveter. The space, which can seat up to 65 people in the dining room and 15 people at the bar, will be open from noon to 2 a.m. seven days a week and will have live entertainment and DJs on hand every night as well.
White's menu for Two Saints focuses on shareable comfort food, including items such as jumbo pretzels, buffalo shrimp and nachos, as well as barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, steak burgers and fish and chips. The drink menu features dozens of bottled and draft beer options, plus specialty cocktails like the Boondock Punch, made with white rum, spiced rum, apple, orange and grenadine and the Husky Manhattan, made with Templeton rye, carpano antica and angostura bitters.
On the Dos Diablos side, guests can expect a more hip and intimate set-up, featuring deep red lighting around the backbar, black gothic chandeliers and a graffiti-style mural of a woman that's inspired by La Catrina. Dos Diablos can seat up to 38 people in the dining room and 20 people at the bar. The space will cater more towards the night crowds, opening nightly for dinner starting at 4 p.m.
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The taco bar will serve up Mexican street food with a modern twist, featuring everything from ceviche and salad to a wide variety of taco options. In addition to various beer and wine options, Dos Diablos will also have its own collection of specialty cocktails, including a 56-oz., large-format Margarita Grande that serves four people.
If you go:
52 Gainsborough St., Boston, dosdiablostacobar.com