Hours & Location

80 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA

Kitchen Hours

Monday - Saturday  5:00-8:30

Sunday - Closed

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80 Thoreau is a progressive fine-dining restaurant in historic Concord offering New American cuisine and genuine hospitality in a convivial setting. Restaurateur Ian Calhoun is thrilled to return to the Concord area where he grew up and bring to the community a restaurant that is worthy of an epicurean outing yet comfortable enough for a casual dinner.

Chef Carolyn Johnson (Rialto) proposes a menu that is both straightforward and refined – where New England ingredients and traditions are embellished with French techniques. As the focus of the culinary world has turned to local sourcing, there are few better communities to join than Concord’s – one which boasts a host of commercial and family farms. In addition to the seasonally motivated menu, small and large bar plates are offered.

Ian Calhoun

General Manager / Owner

Ian began his career in the restaurant business at age seventeen when he turned his passion for cooking into a summer job on Cape Cod. From his first night behind the line Ian loved the fast pace of the restaurant business and set out to learn as quickly as he could.

After attending Middlesex high school in Concord Ian enrolled at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where he earned his bachelor’s degree. During his college years Ian continued to focus on building culinary skills working as a line cook around New England in the summers.

During Ian’s junior year at Cornell he went abroad to Paris where he earned a Cuisine Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu after completing a nine-month intensive program in classic French cuisine.  In addition to his work in the classroom the time Ian spent roaming the markets and cafes of Paris has helped defined his style.

After college Ian shifted his focus to restaurant management and took a job with The Cipriani Group as a manager at the Rainbow Room.  In 2006 Ian put both his front and back of the house skills to use when he became the opening general manager of Bar Martignetti a brasserie in the SoHo neighborhood of New York.

Ian returned to Massachusetts and enrolled at Harvard Business School in 2008, focusing on entrepreneurship and looking for a location for his first restaurant.  Since graduating in May of 2010 Ian has been working on bringing 80 Thoreau to Concord.

Carolyn Johnson

Chef / Owner

After having grown up in Northern California, Carolyn headed east to attend Wellesley College where she graduated with a degree in Economics and Studio Art. From there it was a leap into her true passion of food, cooking and restaurants.

She has cooked at many top restaurants in the Boston area. Carolyn rocked the wood grills cooking Stan Frankenthaler’s Asian-inspired cuisine at Salamander in Cambridge. She then spent time in the kitchen at Icarus, Chris Douglass’ New American restaurant in the South End. There was even a stint as saute cook at the famed Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine known for its on-premise herb and vegetable garden.

Most recently, Carolyn held the position of Chef-de-Cuisine at Rialto Restaurant in Harvard Square. Carolyn worked her way up through the ranks at Rialto over the course of a seven year tenure under Jody Adams. Working closely with Chef Adams on the 2007 re-concepting of the restaurant was a highlight of her time there, and gave Carolyn a deeper appreciation and understanding of regional Italian cuisine.

Over the course of her cooking experiences, Carolyn has developed a passion for seasonal menus and a commitment to locally sourced cuisine. She thrives on working closely with the people who grow and produce the food she serves. This entails fostering real relationships with the small organic vegetable farmers, mushroom foragers and the shellfish growers with whom she works; as well as being an active participant in the Chefs Collaborative.

Carolyn is a long time resident of Somerville. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, hiking and home brewing beer. Carolyn has also been involved with many industry related organizations and charities including: Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Share Our Strength and the Greater Boston Food Bank.




Press: ian@80thoreau.com
Careers: careers@80thoreau.com

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