The owners of Freda’s Kitchen, a relatively new upstart in Mt. Washington, are poised to start phase two of their New York-style deli with a recently granted liquor license. "We’re ready to move to sit-down service," says Josh Emmer, who owns the 76-seat restaurant with his parents, Linda and Martin Emmer.
With the liquor license and approval by the Mt. Washington Improvement Association in hand, the family plans to add a small bar with a few stools and extend its dinner hours. Fare will include its already sought-after corned beef and other sandwiches as well as four to six affordable entrées like meatloaf and lasagna. The owners want to appeal to families. "Our intention is for it to be inexpensive," Josh says.
Some area merchants opposed the restaurant’s move to add liquor, he admits, but everybody is satisfied now. There are no grudges. He points out that he was raised in Mt. Washington and his father was born there. "This is our community," he says.
Aaron Meisner, president of the improvement association, said the community group supported the license but added some restrictions, like a midnight deadline for selling liquor and not allowing lottery sales.
Also, for now, Freda’s Kitchen won’t be able to serve alcohol outdoors. "I was personally looking forward to mimosas and bagels on the sidewalk come summer," Meisner said in an email.
Well, Mr. Meisner, your wish may be granted. Josh said the family is seeking appropriate zoning approval to serve outdoor liquor. Then, they will return to the liquor board for its approval. Expanded hours and liquor service will begin in about two months, he says.