An upscale South Shore restaurant whose kitchen was once headed by a very familiar name has closed, and a new place with both casual and more formal sections has replaced it.
According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Rinato Bistro is now open in Hull, taking over the former Bridgeman's space on Nantasket Avenue. Based on its website, the new eatery offers small plates along with Italian, classic American, New American, and seafood options, with the downstairs dining room and bar area being a casual space while the upstairs dining room is more upscale. The Bridgeman's website indicates that it closed its doors on October 23 while Rinato Bistro opened on October 31.
Paul Wahlberg, who currently heads up the burger chain Wahlburgers with celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie, was the executive chef for Bridgeman's until 2010.
The address for Rinato Bistro is 145 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA, 02045. Its website can be found at http://www.rinatobistro.com/
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