The long-vacant, mysterious former Video Zone space on Bush and Mason has finally opened as Aliment, a new restaurant that plans to turn out elevated comfort food for neighborhood and destination diners alike. Eric Rud, formerly of the Nob Hill Grille, is the managing partner, and shares chef duties with Matt Sullivan, formerly of Blue Plate. Together they've designed a menu that showcases creative takes on classic flavors, like seared diver scallops with grilled nectarines, braised short rib with apple-shallot soubise and fried chicken with charred escarole slaw.
Starting now, they'll also be serving weekend brunch, with dishes like fried chicken and waffle balls, short rib hash, and potato pancakes with house-smoked trout and creme fraiche (and yes, there will be mimosas).
The 49-seat restaurant offers an edited wine list and a handful of beers on tap, from Stone Arrogant Bastard and Pac Brew Lab IPA to Oskar Blues Pils and Allagash White. Rud hope the space will be a neighborhood restaurant that's comfortable and accessible, while still offering food that's a step above. Hours will likely be 5-10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends, with weekend brunch from 10am-3pm.
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