Steaks, salmon, sauce-on-top pizza: B3 Restaurant & Bar a Kingston 'hangout spot'

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A bar to watch games, a main dining room for a family dinner, an event room for special occasions, an outdoor patio for nice days, and a pizza oven.

B3 Restaurant & Bar opened in March at the Kingston Collection and the three sibling owners, restaurateurs of 3 Brothers Bar & Grill in Hanover, are ready to make their mark.

"We wanted to have something that worked for everybody, and Hanover has become that place," Melsi Xhengo, one of the owners, said. "Kingston doesn't have many restaurants, and when we found out about this we wanted to bring the same atmosphere and make it the town hangout spot."

Xhengo said he and his brothers, Edison and Vladmir Xhengo, are known for their roast beef sandwiches from their previous business, Brother's Roast Beef and Pizza. Their goal was to bring a similar type of food to B3 Restaurant & Bar, but to "spice it up."

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The Kingston and Hanover menus are the same. He describes it as " fast casual."

Chef Thomy Nieto with his grilled salmon, butternut squash, charred corn and heirloom tomatoes at B3 Restaurant & Bar at the Kingston Collection on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
Chef Thomy Nieto with his grilled salmon, butternut squash, charred corn and heirloom tomatoes at B3 Restaurant & Bar at the Kingston Collection on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

The steak tips, chicken kabobs, Greek salad and calzones were pulled from Brother's Roast Beef and Pizza. B3 Restaurant & Bar has six salads and 15 appetizers. Melsi Xhengo said the steak-and-cheese egg rolls and fried cauliflower are popular picks.

The menu has sandwiches and burgers, flatbreads and three types of steaks: grilled sirloin, French ribeye and skirt. Each comes with a choice of two sides and is cooked in the wood-fired grill.

Chef Thomy Nieto, a Weymouth resident who has worked in the industry for 13 years and attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, said the steaks come with a mushroom sauce made from shiitake mushrooms and are  infused with flavor from porcini mushrooms.

He works with seafood often and said he loves the pasta options, all topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

A Margherita pizza being cooked in the wood fires pizza oven at the Kingston Collection on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
A Margherita pizza being cooked in the wood fires pizza oven at the Kingston Collection on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

The grilled salmon and steak tips are the best-selling items, Melsi Xhengo said. A few items will be swapped in the spring and the winter to fit the feel of the seasons.

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For the pizza, the sauce is on top of the cheese. The dough is made in-house daily and cooked in a wood oven.

"Everybody loves (the pizza)," Xhengo said. "It's been a great hit."

A breakfast menu is offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends. Desserts are also made in-house.

Grilled salmon, butternut squash, charred corn and heirloom tomatoes at B3 Restaurant & Bar at the Kingston Collection on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
Grilled salmon, butternut squash, charred corn and heirloom tomatoes at B3 Restaurant & Bar at the Kingston Collection on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

The bar offers 20 taps. Beer options include local breweries, such as Untold Brewery in Scituate and Widowmaker Brewery in Braintree.  The bar also offers signature cocktails and a variety of wines.

"It's a great atmosphere," Xhengo said. "I see it in Hanover, people come in at 5 o'clock just to grab a seat at the bar, so it's starting to happen in here."

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Guests can look forward to dining on the patio. Xhengo said he will work with the town to add live music. Eventually, they also hope to have a live cooking show in the events room that used to be The Studio.

"I always tell my people here that costumers come in for a good time, that we have to make sure that we give that to them," Xhengo said.

B3 Restaurant & Bar is open at the Kingston Collection.
B3 Restaurant & Bar is open at the Kingston Collection.

Get to know the brothers

Xhengo and his brothers lived in Albania and Greece before moving to the United States in 1998. Melsi Xhengo was 20 at the time. When he arrived he didn't know how to speak English. He began working at Nick's Place in Lexington, where he learned the restaurant business.

In 2000, the trio opened Brother's Roast Beef and Pizza. They had seven locations at one time, with the first in Malden, followed by Quincy, Weymouth, Abington, Brookline, Dedham and Kingston. The establishments have since been sold to family and friends.

The brothers opened 3 Brothers bar & Grill in Hanover in 2018. He said his Hanover and Kingston restaurants were inspired by Alba's in Quincy. At the time, the brothers lived on the North Shore and relocated to Hanover, where Melsi Xhengo noticed a lack of restaurants.

Melsi Xhengo is co-owner of B3 Restaurant & Bar at the Kingston Collection, along with his two brothers, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
Melsi Xhengo is co-owner of B3 Restaurant & Bar at the Kingston Collection, along with his two brothers, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

"We bought this building on Washington Street (in Hanover). It was a vacant building at the time so we tore it down, put a total new building and that's how we started Brothers Grill," he said.

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After mall owners reached out to the brothers, who were already searching for a second location, they took the leap in Kingston. B3 Restaurant & Bar took the place of Bar Rustic.

Melsi Xhengo said it has been a slow start, though they are starting to see regular customers visit multiple times a week and Friday and Saturday nights are busy.

"It will take a little time, but it will become an attraction for people to come in, grab a drink, hang out," Xhengo said.

The bar at B3 Restaurant & Bar at the Kingston Collection on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
The bar at B3 Restaurant & Bar at the Kingston Collection on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

If you go

What: B3 Restaurant and Bar

Where: 101 Kingston Collection Way, Kingston

When:  4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Info: 781-301-6300, b3restaurantandbar.com

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