Boston Gets A New Pop Star

Pops Restaurant & Bar, Welcomes New Executive Chef Amanda Howell

Pops Restaurant & Bar owners, Doug and Lily Noble along with GM John Gould are excited to announce that Amanda Howell has accepted her first executive chef position at their 'pop'ular South End neighborhood restaurant at the eve of its four year anniversary.

A Philadelphia native, Amanda is thrilled to take the restaurant's already strong American comfort food menu to the next level with the addition of some soon-to-be favorites while still keeping the Pops staples the neighborhood has grown to love - and crave!

"The personality and vibe of the restaurant is very important and that is why I love Pops, it's a great neighborhood spot," says Amanda. "The food is the magical part that pulls everything together at the table. When you are served that perfect meal that can just make your entire day, let alone experience - that is what I am striving for and serving -snap!"

At 26, Amanda may be one of the younger executive chefs in the city, but she has more experience than chefs well beyond her years. The Culinary Institute of America grad started out at Philadelphia's Four Seasons Hotel then moved to Boston, most recently working at Newton's Bokx 109 and the Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square. From a luxury hotel to a neighborhood tavern, this sums up Amanda's unique versatility and unpretentious attitude about food.

Amanda got her start early, competing in cooking competitions while she was a high school student in inner-city Philadelphia. She attended the CIA with a full scholarship that she garnered through C-CAP, a foundation for inner-city kids - after graduation, Amanda volunteered in various Philadelphia high schools telling students about the culinary world.

Amanda enjoys expanding her talents as a chef. Recently she began experimenting with the smoking method, both hot and cold, and she also enjoys making her own cheeses.

Amanda's updated menu features some of her favorite tried-and true comfort food dishes, all with her own unique twists. Soon-to-be favorites such as Amanda's Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie, Mac n' Cheese three different ways (roasted tomato, smoked kielbasa, lobster & fresh peas), Brandt Farms Flank Steak with roasted garlic and sundried tomato bread pudding and Market Fish with creamy polenta and saut´┐Żed spinach join Pops' already popular menu.

Pops' patrons should not fret, long-time favorite such as the P.T. Farms Grass Fed Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and gravy, Butternut Squash Ravioli with sage brown butter and goat cheese beignets, Lamb Bolognese with malfalde pasta and the Pops P.T. Farms Grass Fed Cheeseburger with caramelized onions, Vermont aged cheddar, mushrooms and bacon - will all remain, slightly tweaked, but on the menu. All menu items can be perfectly paired with cocktails from Pops full bar.

Also worth noting, Amanda will add three or so new options to the fan favorite weekend brunch menu, which will still be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Pops Restaurant & Bar is open Monday through Thursday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am and Friday through Sunday 9:30 am - 12:00 am. Pops is located at 560 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118, for reservations please call 617.695.1215.


For further information on Pops Restaurant & Bar, to speak with Chef Amanda Howell, for full menus or photos, please contact Chris Haynes or Samantha Porter at CBH Communications 617.267.0070 or via