Local restaurant operator Douglas Bacon today described his planned Hobson's Bar & Kitchen at 353 Cambridge St. in Allston as an American restaurant that will also serve pizza.
Actually, he told the Boston Licensing Board "there will be a lot of emphasis on pizza," - but also on the sort of food you'd expect to find in "contemporary American pubs and restaurants," including "some grilled fish" and vegetarian options.
The replacement for the long shuttered Regina Pizzeria will also feature live music, initially two or three times a week, but not the loud, raucous type that would send nearby residents to their phones to angrily punch in 311. Instead, he said, the selections will focus on acoustic music, maybe with a piano, but definitely not "three guys with electric guitars with the amps turned all the way up."
And he added, no dancing.
Bacon said the name was a good choice to honor Henry Hobson Richardson, who designed the building as a train station on the Boston and Albany main line.
The board votes tomorrow whether to grant Bacon permission to open under the new name - the board had earlier approved his plans to open under a placeholder name.