Celebrated Boston pastry chef Kate Holowchik has joined the acclaimed staff at The Townshend, the craft cocktail bar and contemporary American tavern steps from the MBTA Red Line in the heart of historic Quincy.
Starting last night look for Holowchik’s chocolate, pistachio and cherry pavé; strawberries and cream buttermilk panna cotta parfaît; and signature carrot cake fritters with homemade cream cheese ice cream. Holowchik will make all of The Townshend’s ice creams in house.
“We’re excited to welcome one of Boston’s most creative culinary forces to our talented staff and to the rapidly developing dining scene here in Quincy,” said The Townshend owner Devin Adams.
Holowchik (@kholowchik) is one of the nation’s rising culinary stars and has worked at a long list of critically acclaimed Boston eateries, including Tremont 647, Sorriso, Les Zygomates and Society on High, Bread & Salt Hospitality at Wink & Nod, JM Curley’s and, most recently, Downtown Crossing dining hotspot Yvonne’s.
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The big news? I am officially a part of the lovely team @townshendquincy! I want to thank the team over @yvonnesboston for letting me be a part of a whirlwind opening! I wish nothing but continued success! As for me, I am excited to come home to Quincy and focus on cultivating a community here and of course, bring pastries to its patrons! Stop on by where you can find me in the kitchen or behind the bar soon at night! Cheers friends and thank you for the continued support! #townshendquincy #newbeginnings #homecoming #pastry #pastrychef #pastrylife #pastrymercenary #boston #bostonchefs #quincy
“I wanted to return to Quincy to help foster its growing culinary community,” said Holowchik, who helped launch The Townshend’s pastry program when it opened in the spring of 2015. “There’s a wealth of culinary talent moving to the area. You don’t have to go to Boston to get a great meal or cocktail anymore.”
Holowchik will also reach into her hospitality roots and work behind The Townshend bar several nights a week, where she specializes in Negronis, classic daiquiris and her boozy milkshakes. Expect her mixology skills to work their way into the dessert menu.
MEET THE TOWNSHEND TEAM
Holowchik joins a staff at The Townshend with an impeccable pedigree: owner and South Shore native Devin Adams earned his stripes at Todd English’s former Kingfish Hall in Boston’s Quincy Market and later honed his cocktail skills under iconic mixologist John Gertsen at Barbara Lynch Gruppo’s nationally acclaimed Drink in Boston’s Fort Point; general manager Josh Suprenant worked in Boston’s North End before helping open Kenmore Square landmark Island Creek Oyster Bar; chef Bobby Sisson has worked for Michael Schlow, Barbara Lynch and Garrett Harker and was sous chef at Boston hotspot Row 34; and bar manager and “cocktail savant” Palmer Matthews, a Quincy native, spent five years at Drink, rising from bar back to assistant manager.
BELFRY HALL and AN “INFLUX OF CULNARY TALENT”
Devin Adams and the Townshend team recently announced plans to open a second Quincy Center eatery in the fall of 2016.
Belfry Hall will bring a modern public house to historic Quincy Center, with craft beer, fresh seafood and a menu of contemporary comfort food, designed by chef and Barbara Lynch Gruppo alum Garner Blume.
“The influx of culinary talent to Quincy is one of the major reasons we’re motivated to open a second concept so quickly,” said Adams. “Quincy offers incredible opportunity to explore your culinary creativity at affordable prices and without the restaurant over-saturation found these days in many Boston neighborhoods.”
The name Belfry Hall pays tribute to a pair of beautiful downtown Quincy landmarks: the Gothic bell tower of Bethany Congregational Church and the Quincy-granite Greek Revival bell tower of the majestic National Historic Landmark Church of the Presidents, funded by John Adams and designed in the 1820s by architect Alexander Parris, who also created Boston landmark Quincy Market.
URBAN CONVENIENCE on the “TRAIL OF THE PRESIDENTS”
The Townshend is located at Presidents Place, 1250 Hancock St., Quincy, directly across the street from Quincy Center T on the MBTA Red Line, 15 minutes from South Station in downtown Boston.
Quincy Center T station is also served by three branches of the MBTA commuter rail and nearly two dozen bus routes connecting the South Shore to Boston. The Southeast Expressway, the state’s busiest road, is just one mile from The Townshend.
The restaurant is surrounded by an impressive bounty of colonial and early American historic sites on Quincy’s Trail of the Presidents, all within walking distance.
The Townshend sits across the street from the National Historic Landmark Church of the Presidents, in which lay the tombs of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams, and it sits on the edge of the under-construction Adams-Hancock Green, an expansive public park being built in front of the Church of the Presidents.
The Adams National Historical Park is headquartered in the same building as The Townshend. Visitors can enjoy a short trolley ride to the birthplaces of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams and to the Adams farmhouse mansion at Peacefield. The mansion grounds include the Stone Library, America’s first presidential library, which houses George Washington’s Farewell Address and other national treasures.
Famed patriot John Hancock was born just a block from The Townshend on the site of what’s now the Adams Academy and home of the Quincy Historical Society. The nearby Dorothy Quincy Homestead dates to 1686 and was home of Hancock’s wife and the first First Lady of Massachusetts. Visitors can also admire the Richardsonian Romanesque National Historic Landmark Thomas Crane Public Library.