Last week, two of the largest forces in the Boston restaurant scene joined forces to create a new hospitality group. The sister duo of restauranteurs; Kathy Sidell, of The Met Restaurant Group and Stephanie Sokolove of Stephanie’s Restaurant Group will join forces under one umbrella organization, Sidell Hospitality, unifying all restaurants including two major locations on Boston’s Newbury Street.
The namesake of Sidell Hospitality is extremely meaningful to the sisters highlighting both the family name and their father Jack Sidell’s legacy, a notable Boston businessman who financed and launched the careers of many successful chefs among whom include, Todd English and Jasper White.
The move will assimilate both brands under one organization including Sokolove’s Stephanie’s restaurants in Boston’s Back Bay, South End and South Boston and Sidell’s (5) restaurants including: Met Back Bay in Boston, MA, Met Bar & Grill located in Dedham, MA and Natick, MA, Met on Main in Nantucket, MA and the award-winning Saltie Girl.
“While we’ve operated separate restaurants we’ve always hoped we’d work together in one way or another,” said Sokolove. All restaurants will continue to operate under their given names though several changes will be implemented.
“2018 will bring several dynamic changes to the organization and I’m beyond pleased to be working with my sister,” said Sidell.
While it will be business as usual for customers, shared hospitality teams and strategic augmentation portfolio-wide are part of the new plans structure for Sidell Hospitality.
Until all of the rebranding is complete for Sidell Hospitality, you can find more information on The Met Restaurant Group at metrestaurantgroup.com and for Stephanie’s Restaurant Group at stephaniesrestaurantgroup.com
About Stephanie’s Restaurant Group:
For more than twenty years, Stephanie’s’ Restaurant Group have been popular dining institutions for local residents, shoppers, visitors to Boston and business travelers looking for a hearty meal or modern, craft cocktails. That history continues at all Stephanie’s restaurants, as guests are warmly welcomed for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. For more information on Stephanie’s Restaurant Group visit: http://www.stephaniesrestaurantgroup.com/
About MET Group
MET Group, founded by Kathy Sidell in 2004, is comprised of MET Bar & Grill in Dedham and Natick, MET Back Bay, Met on Main on Nantucket, MET Bethesda and Saltie Girl in Boston’s Back Bay. The MET Bar & Grills, featuring the famous MET Burger Bar, has locations at the Natick Mall and Legacy Place in Dedham. These fun restaurants serve American fare with a touch of sophistication. For more information, visit www.metbarandgrill.com. MET Back Bay occupies an historic brick townhouse on the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth Street and offers the best of Boston cooking, with a complete and varied dining experience. If you’re in the mood for a quick, casual bite at the bar or a long, festive and elegant dinner for family and friends or an intimate midnight snack in a romantic corner, you’ll find the perfect spot at MET Back Bay. For more information, visit www.metbackbay.com. Met on Main is an Island Café located in the heart of Nantucket serving up American fare with an Island flare. For more information, visit www.metonmain.com
Sidell’s latest endeavor, Saltie Girl, is an intimate 28 seat seafood bar nestled next to MET Back Bay. Saltie Girl focuses on globally sustainable iterations of fresh fish & seafood be it fried, sautéed, raw, house-potted, smoked or tinned. For more information visit: www.saltiegirl.com. Kathy Sidell debuted her first book, “WHEN I MET FOOD, Living the American Restaurant Dream,” in 2012 and has been featured on the Food Network, The CBS Morning Show and numerous other broadcast segments. For more information on Kathy Sidell visit www.kathysidell.com.