The Boston Athenaeum’s eagerly awaited restaurant, Folio is expected to open sometime in August, said Julie Corwin, the Athenaeum’s marketing and brand leader.
“Guests visit Folio at Boston Athenaeum to enjoy made-to-order shareable plates, discover new and old-world wines, and sip craft cocktails in a European-inspired setting,” Corwin wrote in an email.
The 1,180 square foot establishment, which is modeled after a European bistro, will seat 40 and be located on the ground floor of the Athenaeum, with a street entrance at 14A Beacon St. (Another entrance will also open inside the Athenaeum at a future, yet-to-be-determined date, said Corwin.) The restaurant will be operated in partnership with the Athenaeum’s exclusive caterer, The Catered Affair – a Rockland-based catering company that operates other restaurants in the Map Room at the Copley Branch of the Boston Public Library; at ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) in the Seaport; and at the Harvard Art Museums. The proposed hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Folio is the latest installment in the Boston Athenaeum’s renovation and expansion intended to make the space more welcoming and inviting to the City of Boston,” Corwin wrote. “The restaurant will be open to the public and will offers visitors the enjoyment of the distinctive and unique setting of the Boston Athenaeum’s library, museum, and cultural center.”
Moreover, Folio will also offer Athenaeum members a 15-percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages, added Corwin.