Somerville, MA: Green City Growers (GCG) announced today the installation of a new raised bed garden at Osteria Posto, the latest restaurant from the Alpine Restaurant Group, set to open in November at the new City Point development located at 99 Third Avenue near Route 128 in Waltham.
Given the late installation date, the garden will be planted with mostly mums, pansies, and herbs this fall, with the expectation that a spring 2016 plant-in will substitute many of the flowers for edible plants. Crops grown in the garden beds will be incorporated directly into several dishes on Osteria Posto’s seasonal Italian menu.
“It’s very exciting to be working with Joe [Cassinelli] and Osteria Posto after years of waiting for the right site to present itself,” says GCG CEO and Founder Jessie Banhazl, who has overseen the installation of gardens at several Boston-area restaurants, including Abigail’s in Kendall Square, The Sinclair, and large-scale rooftop farms at Ester in Dorchester and Fenway Park. “As was the case with Alpine, not every site can support urban agriculture, but certainly we’re seeing a huge desire from restaurant-owners to incorporate on-site gardens wherever possible.”
The nearly 140 square foot garden will be planted in a series of large metal troughs and tall planters, and is designed to provide a visually appealing and productive border to the restaurant’s entrance. The troughs will be mounted on wheeled castors, to allow for easy movement and storage during winter months.
“We believe that food should be served using only the freshest farm-to-table ingredients,” says chef owner Joe Cassinelli, “and the addition of the Green City Growers garden allow us to do that.”
Osteria Posto is set to open this November.
About Green City Growers: Green City Growers (GCG) is an urban agriculture business specializing in the installation and maintenance of raised bed gardens, rooftop farms and indoor growing systems, using only organic OMRI approved methods. GCG transforms otherwise unused space into thriving urban farms providing schools, home-owners, restaurants, businesses and communities immediate access to nutritious food, while revitalizing city landscapes and inspiring self-sufficiency through garden education programs. Green City Growers was founded by Jessie Banhazl in 2008.
About Alpine Restaurant Group: Founded in 2009 by Chef/Owner Joe Cassinelli, Alpine Restaurant Group has a growing footprint throughout Greater Boston with its flagship restaurants, Posto – a modern take on the traditional Italian trattoria with a strong focus on wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas – The Painted Burro – an upscale Mexican kitchen and tequila lounge and it’s newest member, Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar, a down-to-earth restaurant serving regional comfort food. The group will continue to expand its presence in the region with new locations of Posto and The Painted Burro across New England. For more information, log onto www.alpinerestaurantgroup.com.