French chefs hope to open a pasta and wine store in Charlestown where you can watch them make pasta from the front window
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let former L’Espalier chefs Matthew Dilisle and Peter McGough open a pasta and wine store at 40 Main Street in Charlestown, where patrons returning from their downtown work. could buy some fresh pasta and associate it with what their lawyer called “finer wines and more interesting beers”.
The two chefs would fill a critical need in Charlestown’s almost non-existent culinary scene, their attorney, Scott Holmes, told the council at a hearing today.
Responding to the public’s need for a store like this – a question asked in every liquor license hearing – Holmes said: “You have to live in Charlestown to know the public needs it, it doesn’t. there really is nothing in Charlestown. ” The closest restaurants, he said, both specialize in burgers and fries.
On the other hand, gourmet pasta freshly made by “chefs of this caliber” in a store whose analogues exist mainly in Paris, Rome and the North End would prove to be a “destination point”, not only for the inhabitants of Charlestown but even for the people of the North End, says Holmes.
In addition to his experience at L’Espalier, McGough also previously worked at California’s French Laundry, more recently famous as the place that state’s politicians went for maskless dinners during the height of the pandemic.
Both chefs live in Charlestown.