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BRONWYN Opens This Week in Boston's Somerville

BRONWYN, a Central and Eastern European-inspired restaurant and bar located in Somerville’s Union Square neighborhood from husband-and-wife duo Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann, Chef/Owner and General Manager/Owner at T.W. Food in Cambridge, MA, is opening today. The menu reflects Chef Wiechmann’s German heritage and the surrounding regions of Austria, Northern Italy, Poland, Romania and Hungary, seasonally inspired from local farms in the Boston area – the best ingredients, simply prepared. The food is matched by a carefully edited selection of Central and Eastern European wine and beer, as well as American ales brewed in the European style and handcrafted cocktails. Located at 255 Washington Street, BRONWYN's outdoor biergarten overlooking the bustling Union Square will be open seasonally. The restaurant will initially be open daily for dinner and drinks, with brunch and late-night sausage to follow.

Born in the New England coastal town of Marblehead, MA, Tim spent much of his youth living and traveling throughout Germany, Switzerland, and France, as well as greater Europe and Asia. He earned his culinary degree in Cuisine Superiore from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Academy in Paris. He then honed his skills as a cook at the Four Seasons in Boston and returned to Paris to work with some of France’s top chefs at world-renowned restaurants L’Arpege, Taillevent, and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. 

Bronwyn Wiechmann, the restaurant’s namesake, will serve as Co-Owner & General Manager. Born in St. Louis, MO, Bronwyn attended the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where she worked as a manager at Perdix, Ten Tables, and JP Seafood. In 2005, she moved to Paris with Tim to research European service and hospitality.

In 2007, upon their return from Paris to the U.S., Chef Wiechmann and Bronwyn opened T.W. Food. The restaurant instantly became a neighborhood institution with a loyal following, receiving numerous accolades from the press including Boston Magazine’s “50 Best Restaurants” and “5 Best French Restaurants in the Boston area” by Zagat.

“We're incredibly excited to bring BRONWYN and the flavors of my ancestral cuisine to Somerville, and are really looking forward to being part of this dynamic and flourishing community,” said Chef Wiechmann.

With BRONWYN, Chef Wiechmann aims to bring to Boston many of the traditional and regional dishes he enjoyed throughout his childhood and his travels in Central and Eastern Europe. The menu will showcase the best local ingredients from nearby farms in the Boston area, whose climate closely mirrors that of Central Europe. The flavorful dishes are simply prepared with excellence and care, including Hausbrot (breads), Appetizers, Wurst (sausages), Noodles, Mains, Sides and Desserts. The bakery will offer sour and chewy giant Bretzels with sea salt flakes and artisan breads made with whole grains milled in-house. Highlights from the menu include Hand-twisted Bavarian Sausages; Dark Beer Soup with Aged Cheddar Kreplach; Foie Gras Knish with Potato, Prune, and Hazelnut; Spatzle with Emmenthaler, Onion, Asparagus, and Verbena; Bavarian Roast Chicken with citrus-pineapple cure and grilled red cabbage; thin veal “Jagerschnitzel” with foraged mushrooms and walnut; and Riesling Sauerkraut.

The beverage program features an extensive collection of Eastern and Central European beers including German, Polish, and Czech varietals, as well as American beer brewed in the European style. BRONWYN’s “Bier” list features 10 beers on tap and several by the bottle, categorized by type: Lagers, Pilsners, Hefeweizens and Seasonal brews. The wine list features rarely exported varietals from the ancient vineyards of Germany, Austria, and the hills of the Alto Adige of northeast Italy. Handcrafted cocktails are inspired by the spirits and flavors of Central and Eastern Europe, made with modern techniques and traditional ingredients. After dinner, guests can sip rare schnapps derived from fruit of the valleys and forests of Austria and Germany.

The Design:
BRONWYN captures the warmth and comfort of a rustic European mountain tavern, reimagined for its contemporary setting. Many of the design elements were sourced from Chef Wiechmann’s travels, including hand-stitched embroidered panels and copper reliefs; 100-year old, handmade gothic chairs cushioned with plush velvet; and slatted wooden tables with period hutches. The salvaged zinc bar was hand-polished by the BRONWYN team, and Chef Wiechmann built the biergarten tables from tree stumps that he and Bronwyn collected on Maine’s beaches. The space also features family heirlooms such as iron chandeliers from his great-grandparents in Germany.

255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Dinner: daily from 5 PM to 11:30 PM
Bar: daily from 5 PM to 1 AM
Biergarten: daily 5 PM to midnight, weather permitting