The Map Room has been revamped as a tea lounge, complete with bar and literary-themed drinks.
A new tea-focused bar and lounge called the Map Room Tea Lounge will open its doors on Wednesday, March 20, and the former Courtyard Restaurant has reinvented itself as the Courtyard Tea Room. Both cafes are operated by catering company the Catered Affair. The Map Room Tea Lounge will be open in a limited capacity initially, and it will have a grand opening on May 21.
Appropriately for a library lounge, the menu at the Map Room Tea Lounge is inspired by 19th century authors like Charles Dickens and by authors of other eras as well.
The Catered Affair worked with local tea purveyor Mem Tea and New England wine and spirits distributor Martignetti to help develop the cocktail program, per Ryan Clarke, the conference and marketing coordinator for the Catered Affair. Boston Public Library sous-chef de cuisine Dan Martin and sous-chef Kathi Wagoner are handling things in the kitchen. The pair has “worked to craft a tea experience with a modern twist,” Clarke told Eater via email.
The cafes were designed to be unique spaces but also ones that fit seamlessly in the historic McKim Building.
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