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New American cuisine and a tropical atmosphere come together at Eva

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Eva is the new restaurant on Newbury Street.

Eva’s restaurant on Newbury Street opened on April 19. Susannah Sudborough/Boston.com

If you like a casual place where the food is always great, then you have to check out Eva, a new restaurant on Boston’s Newbury Street.

At 279A Newbury St., Eva serves more than your average midday sandwich and a range of dinners from lamb chops to chickpea curry, all in a soothing tropical atmosphere.

Soon, the restaurant will be a triple threat, offering a varied lunch and dinner menu, as well as a weekend brunch, starting May 7.

Eva replaced a Newbury Street staple, the cafeteria, but is the brainchild of the same owner, George Aboujaoude.

The Eva restaurant on Newbury Street, owned by George Aboujaoude, opened on April 19. – Susannah Sudborough/Boston.com

The cafeteria was Aboujaoude’s first independent foray into the restaurant industry, but he grew up learning the ins and outs of his father, a chef who had a restaurant in the South End.

“Growing up there was a positive experience,” he said. “We lived upstairs in the same building as the restaurant, so our life revolved around it. So I thought it was completely normal to continue the activity.

Aboujaoude opened Cafeteria, a modern American cuisine restaurant, in 2007. It offered an all-day menu and served brunch on weekends.

After a few years, Aboujaoude opened Bijou Nightclub on Stuart Street in Boston in 2012, then Committee, a Mediterranean restaurant, in the Seaport in 2014.

Everything was fine until the pandemic hit and the cafeteria, which was not known for takeout, had to close.

In October 2020, Aboujaoude had to return the keys to the restaurant and permanently close the cafeteria.

“It was very emotional. It was very sad,” he said. “Much of my staff was with me between the ages of 10 and 13. It was a family. Putting so many people out of work and splitting up…I was able to bring some people to the committee, which was great, but we couldn’t find housing for everyone.

As the pandemic began to subside, the owner of the cafeteria building began looking for a new tenant and again reached out to Aboujaoude.

“He always said to me, ‘People are from New York, people are from Miami looking at the place, big restaurant groups from Boston, they are looking at it,'” Aboujaoude said. “And I know the potential. I know what this place can do.

Eventually, Aboujaoude secured the building and began bringing Eva to life.

“I wanted to pick up where we left off,” he said.

Eva’s restaurant on Newbury Street opened on April 19. – Susannah Sudborough/Boston.com

Eva takes her name from the first letter of the names of Aboujaoude’s children, Eli, 5, and Vivian, 2, as well as her surname.

Inside, Aboutjaoude had a designer decorate, the initial idea being simply the color green – Eli’s favorite color.

“I tell him, ‘It’s you. You are the E’,” Aboujaoude said of his son.

Eva’s restaurant on Newbury Street opened on April 19. – Susannah Sudborough/Boston.com

From there, Eva was transformed into a sea of ​​teal and green relaxation, with comfy couches along the walls, paper-covered chandeliers, and monkeys on the stairs.

Eva’s restaurant on Newbury Street opened on April 19. – Susannah Sudborough/Boston.com

Beyond the decor, Eva’s building and location are equally impressive. It has one of the largest patios on Newbury Street, and its upstairs seating is surrounded by large windows that let in lots of natural light.

Eva’s restaurant on Newbury Street opened on April 19. – Susannah Sudborough/Boston.com

Aboujaoude said he brought in his Committee chef, Luis Figueroa, to help design the menu and open Eva. Like the cafeteria, Eva offers modern American cuisine, but offers a separate menu for lunch and dinner, and offers more Mediterranean dishes, such as lamb chops and grilled octopus.

So far, Aboujaoude said, Eva’s most popular dishes are spinach artichoke dip, short rib gnocchi and specialty pizzas.

Eva’s restaurant on Newbury Street opened on April 19. – Susannah Sudborough/Boston.com

Eva also offers a range of original cocktails concocted by general manager Nick Antonucci, such as Cruel Summer, which offers passion fruit vodka and blood orange juice, and Monkey Business, with walnut tequila. coconut and vermouth.

Eva is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Correction: This article has been updated to clarify the restaurant owned by Aboujaoude’s father.