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gastronomy table with a view culinary delights restaurants dining out cuisine in good taste local cuisine RFK KITCHEN 30 Dedham Avenue Needham, MA 02492 781.444.1792 website: www.rfkkitchen.com hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight RFK Kitchen A L E X A N D R A H A L L writer rachel Klein may be widely acknowledged as a creative whiz with her chef 's knives, but one thing that she's known to never mince is words. "I don't ever want to see just one kind of person in my restaurant," says the outspoken 42-year-old New York City native of her new Needham spot, RFK Kitchen (as in Rachel Francis Klein), which has been full every night since it opened this past fall. "We're drawing from towns all over — food lovers, old and young people, families and couples, and cool crowds that would normally go into the city to eat, but are staying here with us," she says. "Some people are dressed up and making a night of it, and some are stopping in for a glass of wine and a salad with a girlfriend on their way home from the gym. It's that kind of unexpected mix that makes a restaurant real and unpretentious. That's my kind of place." And to be sure, this is, at long last, her very own place. Since moving to Boston from Brooklyn by way of Providence more than a decade ago, Klein has racked up critical accolades and turned heads with her innovative-yet-comforting menus at high-end restaurants like the erstwhile Om in Harvard Square, swanky Asana at The Mandarin Oriental in Boston, and the trendy-meets- fine-dining venue Liquid Art House in Boston's South End. But all of those plum executive chef positions, while high profile, were working for other people. RFK Kitchen is Klein's first venture as not just head chef, but also co-owner. 182 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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