Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

A Hose Factory Transformed: West Bridge Restaurant in Boston


A Hose Factory Transformed: West Bridge Restaurant in Boston

June 28, 2012

When you enter the portals of West Bridge, a new restaurant in the hipster neighborhood of Kendall Square, Cambridge, you're struck by the notion that this is something new—and at the same time very old; a place where history is honored in a modern way.

Taking its name from the original moniker of Boston's famous Longfellow Bridge (the one with the salt and pepper towers depicted in Make Way for Ducklings), West Bridge is housed in the former Boston Woven Hose Factory. To transform the industrial expanse into an inviting brasserie, West Bridge co-owners Alexis Gelburd-Kimler (of Craigie on Main and the South End's original Aquitaine) and Chef Matthew Gaudet (of New York's 11 Madison Park and Jean-Georges Aquavit, as well as Boston's Brasserie Jo) hired Brooklyn-based firm Crème Design Keeping many of the original features of this soaring space—including its open layout, 18-foot ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows—Crème's team used a combination of recycled materials and locally made fixtures and furniture to create something new.

Except where otherwise noted, all photography by Justine Hand for Remodelista.

700 wb   private dining 2

Above: To maintain the open feel as much as possible, the private dining area is demarcated by generous folding glass doors.

700 wb   private dining 3

Above: Industrial/rustic: the serene space in the private dining area is punctuated by Atelier 688's dramatic, rope chandelier.

700 wb   private dining 4

Above: The Boston-based firm of Loki Custom Furniture created the long tables using recycled bowling alley floors.

700 wb   private and main dining

Above: A seamless space: the view into the main dining area, which is decorated with in an original work by Boston-based artist Thomas Tietjen of ASIZ Industries. Except for Tietjen's work, co-owner Alexis Gelburd-­”Kimler, wanted the palette at West Bridge kept to a minimum, with touches of warmth provided by natural elements: recycled woods and ropes.

700 wb   bar

Above: Bar manager Josh Taylor (formerly of Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks) prepares for the evening rush behind a bar made from reclaimed barn wood. The dark honey wood floors are recycled, too.

.700 wb   drink

Above: "Conant's Island" is a summery libation of house-infused cucumber vodka, rice vinegar, and green Tabasco (sounds unlikely but it's totally delicious and refreshing) sits atop West Bridge's long slate bar. Taylor works closely with Chef Gaudet to source and capture year-round New England flavors through house-­made infusions, bitters, and syrups.

.700 wb   hose

Above: An homage to the building's original product: vintage woven hoses flank the bar.

700 bar and lounge

Above: Crisp white bar stools by Brooklyn-based Chair Factory line the bar. Photo by Matt Demers.

700 wb   light

Above: Another chandelier by Atelier 688 provides a dramatic accent over the lounge area by the bar.

700 bar and lounge 3

Above: Informal seating by the bar with Tolix-inspired stools from Pottery Barn. Photo by Matt Demers

700 wb   longfelloe poem

Above: Downstairs at West Bridge, the words of Longfellow's poem "The Bridge" are stenciled onto a brick wall. After his death, the West Boston Bridge (which spans the Charles from Boston to Cambridge) was renamed the Longfellow Bridge in honor of this famous Cambridge resident.

(Visited 189 times, 1 visits today)
You need to login or register to view and manage your bookmarks.

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation