Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, The Hawthorne, & Branch Line
A collection of restaurants started by James Beard nominated restaurateur Garrett Harker. The first to open, in 2006, was Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, located in the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square. Garrett has since partnered with Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, MA to open Island Creek Oyster Bar, and with Jackson Cannon, to open The Hawthorne Bar, both of which are also located in The Hotel Commonwealth. ICOB focuses on fresh seafood dishes made in the style of classic New England coast. The Hawthorne, nominated for a Beard award in 2015 for Outstanding Bar Program is a craft cocktail and fine wine driven bar/lounge. Row 34, in Fort Point, Boston as well as Portsmouth, New Hampshire are the creations of Garrett Harker and Skip Bennett of Island Creek Oysters, with again the focus being fresh seafood perfectly executed. Branch Line, located in Watertown, MA, was created by both Garrett and Andrew Holden. The focus there is rotisserie style and wood-grilled based.