Sanctuary restaurant opens in Hyde Sq.

July 5, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Centre Street Sanctuary, a steakhouse-themed restaurant, has opened in Hyde Square, according to the restaurant’s chef, Christian Ellis.

The name Sanctuary plays off the fact that the restaurant is located at 365 Centre St., on the campus of the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Adam Rutstein owns the restaurant.

“We bring a neighborhood restaurant feel,” said Rutstein. “We are trying to take the pretense away from great food.”

Ellis said the restaurant opened in late May, just after his daughter was born. He said a “soft” opening with friends and family was held Saturday and Sunday, followed with the official opening to the public on Monday.

He said Sanctuary has had a “good response” from the neighborhood, especially drawing in a crowd with a full menu late into the night. The kitchen is open until 11:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Ellis, who previously worked at the Cambridge Brewery Company and other restaurants in Cambridge and Somerville, said Sanctuary is an American bistro with a steakhouse theme. He said the restaurant has natural-sourced meats.

The most popular item on the menu so far has been the burger sliders, according to Ellis. The sliders are natural beef patties with Muenster cheese, house-made bacon, tomato confit and lemon-dressed arugula.

He also said that people have been “loving” the Asian-styled wings and the gravy fries with house-made bacon.

For more information, visit centrestreetsanctuary.com or call 617-942-8951.