Saltie Girl Seafood Opens in Back Bay

Hardened by the sea, blessed by the sun, and a maybe a little rough around the edges, “Saltie” isn’t a flavor profile to Kathy Sidell, President and Culinarian of the MET Restaurant Group, it’s a way of life. “Saltie Girl,” her newest restaurant in Boston, MA will focus on globally sustainable iterations of fresh fish & seafood. Be it fried, sautéed, raw, house-potted, smoked or in tins, this conscious curation is close to Sidell’s heart.

“Growing up on the East Coast on a sailboat with my Dad, I have a deep affinity for the saltiness of the sea and the fruit it bears. During my travels I have discovered beautiful, high quality fish in tins, jars, smoked and of course amazing local and fresh seafood. Being a New Englander is almost synonymous with the briny taste of steamed clams, the salty ocean taste of lobsters perfectly cooked, the creaminess of a local oyster and the natural sweetness of a Nantucket bay scallop. We are blessed to have such amazing seafood locally. I have long been fascinated by the many ways to enjoy these morsels of the sea. Hence, ‘Saltie Girl’ - reflecting a way of life and a passion for eating nature’s bounty! I hope to bring all these delicacies to Saltie Girl so they can be enjoyed by our quests,” said owner Kathy Sidell.

Saltie Girl is located at 281 Dartmouth Street in Boston, MA next to another one of Sidell’s beloved restaurants, MET Back Bay and officially opened for business on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016. The intimate restaurant will have a smart-casual style with only a total of 16 seats for regular dining and a 12 seat full bar with an attached raw bar and shucking station. Hours of operation will be 11:30AM – 10:00PM seven days a week with a late night “Cocktails and Tins menu” offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00PM – 1:00AM. Reservations will not be accepted due to the size of the restaurant and seating will only be available for walk-ins.

The kitchen will be helmed by Chef Kyle McClelland who has roots in the Boston area having worked early in his career at such locations as The Federalist, Ambrosia on Huntington, The MFA, Ten Tables, Pigalle, Clio and others before tenures at Toppers at The Wauwinet, Caviar Russe and Propsect in New York.

“I’m truly excited to working on Saltie Girl with Kathy. I feel like this is the kind of place that customers and chefs will want to eat at. Kathy’s attention to detail and love for both ingredients and technique makes us an excellent team for her newest project.” said Kyle McClelland.

The crew will be rounded out by Sidell’s team of many years Chef David Daniels with operations by Stephen Zeneski.

Beyond curating one of the largest tinned seafood collection in New England, Sidell and McClelland will be preparing such dishes as fried lobster and waffles with sweet corn butter and spicy maple syrup and French burgundy snails with black garlic butter to name a few. Chowder, bisque, an amazing raw bar, fried whole belly Ipswich clams and lobster rolls by the ounce will find their way onto the menu.

The restaurant will boast a full bar featuring specially curated wines, beers and spirits as well as an innovative cocktail menu with drinks like “Pineapple” – Elyx, lemongrass and citrus soda (for 2) and many more.

Saltie Girl is located at 281 Dartmouth Street in Boston, MA. For more information call 617-267-0691 or

About MET Group

MET Group, founded by Kathy Sidell in 2004, is comprised of MET Bar & Grill in Dedham and Natick, MET Back Bay, MET on Main on Nantucket and MET Bethesda.

The MET Bar & Grills, featuring the famous MET Burger Bar, has locations at the Natick Mall and Legacy Place in Dedham. These fun restaurants serve American fare with a touch of sophistication. For more information, visit

MET Back Bay occupies an historic brick townhouse on the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth Street and offers the best of Boston cooking, with a complete and varied dining experience. If you’re in the mood for a quick, casual bite at the bar or a long, festive and elegant dinner for family and friends or an intimate midnight snack in a romantic corner, you’ll find the perfect spot at MET Back Bay. For more information,

MET on Main is an Island Café located in the heart of Nantucket serving up American fare with an Island flare. For more information,

MET Bethesda a Metropolitan Kitchen and bar which offers inspired American fare cooked over an open wood fired grill. Inspired by Sidell's extensive travel, upbringing and lifelong passion with food, cooking and hospitality, the concept is earthy yet sophisticated. For more information

Kathy Sidell debuted her first book, “WHEN I MET FOOD, Living the American Restaurant Dream,” in 2012 and has been featured on the Food Network, The CBS Morning Show and numerous other broadcast segments. For more information on Kathy Sidell visit

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