Vegetarian-focused restaurant called Alchemy at C3 Lab now open in South End

Vegetarian-focused restaurant called Alchemy at C3 Lab now open in South End
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Alchemy at C3 Lab, a vegetarian-focused restaurant and bar, is now open in South End. The restaurant is inside a 10,000-square-foot warehouse that’s part of C3 Lab and includes an art gallery, coffee shop, and a free co-working and events space.

The restaurant first opened in June, but after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, it closed for a week to disinfect and test the remainder of the staff. As of Friday afternoon, Alchemy has reopened to the public for dine-in service and takeout.

Food: Chef Ken Aponte’s menu is vegetarian focused, but there are still plenty of options for meat-eaters, too. Here are some highlights:

  • Fried Lion’s Mane fettuccine ($24) – or substitute with grilled chicken ($25)
  • Seitan over polenta ($24) – or substitute with braised short rib ($25)
  • “Mushroom Trip” ($15) – mushrooms served four ways
  • Tostones ($10) – fried plantains in adobo seasoning

Drinks: Mixologist Bob Peters created the craft cocktail list at Alchemy with drinks called “Ron Swanson” (whiskey, green chartreuse, drambuie, vermouth) and “Campari Queen” (rum, lemon, Campari, kombucha). Craft cocktails cost $7-$9 for a half-portion or $11-$16 for a full portion. Alchemy also serves beer in bottle/can and on tap as well as wine.

Art gallery: In order to get to the restaurant, walk through the art gallery, which displays works of C3 Lab’s resident artists and more. The gallery rotates every two months.


Coffee shop: If you’re going to use the massive (and free) co-working space, pick up some Enderly Coffee from the small coffee bar inside the Alchemy space.

Location/hours: Alchemy at C3 Lab is located at 2517 Distribution Street. It’s open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. Brunch and lunch will also start soon.

OK, let’s take a closer look inside:

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alchemy c3 lab restaurant caesar salad

Caesar salad ($9) – grape tomatoes, chili flake croutons, chopped romaine, Parmesan, caesar dressing

alchemy c3 lab restaurant plantains


alchemy c3 lab restaurant art gallery

alchemy c3 lab restaurant coworking

alchemy c3 lab restaurant coffee shop

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