We are a neighborhood restaurant. We may sound like a lively dinner party, look like a French Brasserie and feed you before a Sox game, but in the end we just want you to feel at home no matter in which suburb, city or country you reside. We were inspired to create Eastern Standard at a time when conversation was king and 140 characters was just a starting point. We want you to understand our menus and get to know our staff. There is no room on our tables for pretense and no place in our kitchen for shortcuts. So dive into our dishes and drinks, they all have a great story to tell.
Eastern Standard opened almost twelve years ago, in the heart of Kenmore Square. We are passionate about our neighbors, our guests and our city. We encourage our staff to celebrate the culinary arts, the city of Boston and its people, and the pursuit of education for education’s sake. For extended information about our work in the community and to request a donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garrett is not your normal restaurant owner. He’s not one to hide away in an office far from the bustle of the restaurant floor. His passion for his food and drink is evident from the way he greets you as you walk in the door or serves you as you sit in your seat. After working with the Kimpton Group in San Francisco, he moved to Boston to open No. 9 Park. During his time there, he partnered with Barbara Lynch to open other landmark restaurants in the city. In May, 2005, he opened Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, followed shortly by Island Creek Oyster Bar, The Hawthorne, Row 34, and Branch Line. His goal is to engage diners at every point of their meal. To turn a dining experience into an immersive one. And not just for the guests. Garrett insists that his staff are continually learning and sharing what they know about today’s chefs, cuisines and trends. Today Eastern Standard, is nationally acclaimed for its robust cocktail program, trailblazing wine list and distinct interpretation of classic brasserie fare.
It’s impossible to envision Eastern Standard without Andrew Holden. In fact, it may be impossible to envision dining in Boston without Andrew Holden. After just a few short years working in the industry, Andrew is recognized as a preeminent leader in hospitality, staff education and restaurant culture. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University. Before Eastern Standard, he managed the esteemed Boston locations as Clio and Uni. It’s Andrew’s leadership at Eastern Standard that has helped turned it into one of the most respected restaurants in the industry.
Jackson Cannon has always lived to exacting standards. Son and brother of renowned award-winning journalists Lou and Carl Cannon, Jackson grew up immersed in a world of travel, politics and literature. In his twenties Jackson dedicated himself to a career in music, traveling the world in support of such dynamic acts as Eddie Kirkland, Gatemouth Brown, Dennis Brennan and The Tarbox Ramblers. A stint booking music acts at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts provided the fortuitous introduction to the craft of bartending and Jackson seized the stage.
Settling in Boston, Jackson transitioned out of music and found bartending to be the perfect profession for his diverse interests. One part performer, one part philosopher, and a healthy splash of cocktail historian, Jackson has since single-handedly elevated the craft of bartending in Boston. Together with three esteemed colleagues, Jackson formed the Jack Rose Society with a mission to preserve the legacy of the art of the American cocktail and right the wrongs of misunderstood classic cocktails.
Jackson opened Eastern Standard in 2005 as Bar Manager, quickly cementing the neighborhood brasserie’s reputation as one of the country’s best bars, known for its attention to properly crafted cocktails and unwavering hospitality in a high-volume environment. Jackson’s iconic, expansive cocktail program has secured Eastern Standard national attention from USA Today as one of the country’s “Top 10 Hotel Bars” in 2006, Esquire magazine as one of the “Best Bars in America” in both 2008 and 2010 and Tales of the Cocktail’sSpirited Awards for “Best High Volume Cocktail Bar in 2012). In 2011, Nightclub & Bar magazine named Jackson “Bartender of the Year.”
The same year, Jackson introduced the next iteration of his vision when he opened The Hawthorne, where he has built has built an experience revolving around a commitment to thoughtfully crafted cocktails, continued cocktail/spirits education and curating truly exceptional moments for guests. Under Jackson’s guidance, The Hawthorne has received local and national acclaim, most recently as a 2014 and 2015 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for “Outstanding Bar Program” – the only New England establishment to receive the honor. He was also personally recognized as a finalist for “Best Bar Mentor” at the 2013 and 2014 Tales of theCocktail Spirited Awards and as a 2014 Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award nominee for “Mixologist/Brand Ambassador of the Year.”
Today, the wanderlust of youth has been channeled into the passion of a true cocktail scholar,leading Jackson to travel the world in search of a deeper understanding of rare spirits, their cultivation and distillation. This firsthand knowledge from locales spanning Mexico, SouthAmerica, Europe and the US is incorporated into training programs at Eastern Standard and TheHawthorne. Elevating staff understanding of source and product thus translates into an exceptional guest experience.
When he’s not roving the world in search of rare spirits, Jackson travels the country participating as a judge in such esteemed industry competitions as Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
In 2013, Jackson collaborated with 165-year-old local knife-makers R. Murphy Knives to design the Jackson Cannon Bar Knife, a multipurpose tool with many applications in drink-making, from cutting citrus and notching fruit for glass rim garnishes to removing fruit seeds, making spiral-cut citrus peels/twists and facilitating workstation clean-up by scraping counters with the flush blade underside.
Chef de Cuisine
Matt Garland is a true Southern gentleman bringing a taste of his down-home roots to Boston at the iconic neighborhood brasserie Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks. He kicked off his culinary career as a line cook in Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Bluff View Art District while attending Jacksonville State University, and quickly shifted his long-term interests from political science to the hospitality industry.
Embracing the restaurant world full-steam, Matt challenged himself by leaving the comfort of the south and working his way up from line cook to chef in spots stretching from Alabama to Rhode Island. His determination paid off in August 2010 when he accepted the Sous Chef position at Barbara Lynch’s acclaimed B&G Oysters in Boston. Matt’s next role brought him to another restaurant within the Barbara Lynch Gruppo – Fort Point’s Sportello – where he served as Chef de Cuisine.
In 2013, Matt joined the capable team at Eastern Standard as Sous Chef and has since become a valuable presence in the kitchen, utilizing his distinctly Southern palate to create inventive twists on classic brasserie fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When he is not behind the line, Matt can sometimes be heard showcasing his musical side – a skill he developed through his participation in band and a capella groups during college.
Director of Staff Development
A promising collegiate hockey player, Matt Whitney never really considered a career in the restaurant industry until he was sidelined with a shoulder injury his junior year. Even though he eventually left the rink behind, Matt credits his time playing hockey competitively for instilling in him a strong work ethic and ability to keep calm under pressure, qualities that serve him well as Wine Director at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks.
In November 2014, Matt became a Court of Master Sommeliers’ Certified Sommelier and quickly rose to become ES’s assistant wine director in January 2015. Paying particular attention to developing a balanced wine list, which includes a range of prices, regions and styles, Matt simultaneously works to make the extensive list more approachable to the guest while also deepening the cellar with a diverse selection of varietals and vintages. As part of this effort, Matt strives to expand the Monday Night Cellar Selections program, which offers a rotating roster of quality aged bottles at little markup and is a weekly ritual for many wine-loving guests. Matt particularly loves sourcing lesser known wines from Germany and Burgundy, two regions he is especially interested in, as well as wines discovered in his tasting and explorations, which most recently brought him to Oregon and Santa Barbara, California.
At the heart of Matt’s zeal for wine is his love of history and travel. Constantly seeking out the story behind any pour he tries (the family, the production, the history, the region), he is fascinated by the connection between geography, history and wine. An avid traveler, Matt feels that one of the best ways to truly get to know a new place is through a bottle. At Eastern Standard, Matt seeks to share the background and depth found in each vintage with his guests.
When not flipping through a wine book, Matt spends his time planning his next adventures to wineries around the world or rooting on Boston sports teams, including The Bruins and Patriots, often with a glass of Beaujolais in hand.