A Newton rabbi hopes to open a non-profit "Jewish tavern and house of learning" on Washington Street in Somerville, where the Kirkland Tap and Trotter used to be, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.
Rabbi Charles Schwartz's proposed Lehrhaus would be:
Part Jewish tavern, part house of learning, it's a welcoming, smart, sociable neighborhood watering hole that brings people together to tap into the ancient, profound, and transformative practice of learning through Jewish texts - all while cultivating community and savoring great food and drinks.
His filing with the Secretary of State's office further defines what he hopes to do:
The general character of the business of the company is to provide instruction in, popularize, and open access to the religious practice of the study of Jewish sacred texts, ideas, and wisdom, in a warm, inviting environment, and to hold Jewish religious worship service, through engaging programming, small classes, paired learning, public lectures, and through partnerships with other organizations and entities to provide additional learning opportunities and experiences, including operating a restaurant and holding a liquor license. The company may engage in any lawful business permitted by the act provided such business is permitted of the company's parent non-profit corporation and that the company is operated exclusively for exempt purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.