Bob Oguin

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bob is, at heart, a country boy who came to Boston for college, fell in love and never left. He's passionate about fishing, locally sourced products, and making Common Ground the best neighborhood restaurant and bar experience it can be. He lives in Newton with his lovely wife and three kids. He's looking forward to meeting you.


Jaime Suarez

Jaime Suarez was born and raised in Don Matías (Medellin Colombia), a municipality the sub region of Northern Antioquia in Antioquia Department, Colombia. Jaime moved to America in September of 2001, and started working at The Fireplace in Brookline, Massachusetts. He learned all the basic skills needed in the kitchen and in a short period of time, hungry for more he eventually became the kitchen manager. He learned from some of the best chefs in Boston: Paul Susman, Toby Hill, Jim Solomon, and Scott Robertson at notable restaurants Grafton Street, Casablanca and The Fireplace.

Now operating the kitchen at Common Ground, Jaime is creating unique dishes in his own kitchen. He is passionate about the quality of the food, keeping it simple with unique tastes, and making sure everything is freshly made from scratch.

He invites you to visit and try a dish from his menu or one of his daily specials made fresh with ingredients from his morning market stop.

Jaime Saurez  is the Chef and runs the Common Ground’s kitchen in Allston, Ma.  The Common Ground is open 7 days a week for dinner.   



DJ Phatmike

DJ Phatmike is one of the best DJs in Boston’s night life. DJ Phatmike started after frequenting dance nights at Axis and Manray. He became friends with many of the DJs and promoters in the area, but it was DJ Tym Ryan who talked him into promoting for the legendary Spin Cycle. Since then he has never wanted to do anything else. He has spent more than ten years in the industry - from organizing and DJing at Defmatch, a long-running weekly electro and breaks night, to a stint as the Friday weekly DJ at the Phoenix Landing in Central Square. In 2006, DJ Phatmike began Boston's first 90's night at the Common Ground in Allston, sparking a five-year (and counting) weekly Friday juggernaut nominated for Best Dance Night in the Phoenix's Best of Boston.

My So Called 90's Night is Boston's first and longest-running 90's night. It has received accolades from Boston Globe, the Metro, the Phoenix, and other local media. DJ Phatmike mixes everything from No Doubt to Spice Girls to Ice Cube and beyond to keep the dance floor ablaze every Friday night. That one-hit wonder you sang along to in middle school, that rock ballad you used for your class song, and that dance anthem that played when you first stepped foot in a club are all par for the course.

Now Mike is bringing the party to Saturday nights at the Common Ground Millenium Party. The Millennium Party is what happens after we party like it's 1999. After we emerged from Y2K with our nuclear weapons and personal electronics intact, a new era dawned. In this futuristic frontier, Outkast, the Strokes, Gorillaz, and Justin Timberlake ruled the airwaves. Let DJ Phatmike be your guide back to the days when the Neptunes wrote almost everything and your cell phone could only make phone calls. Saturdays at the Common Ground, The Millennium Party is guaranteed to pump your nostalgia meter up to 11.


Jeremy Wahlman-Krogh

What do you do with a BS in Communications? If you're Jeremy Wahlman-Krogh, you find a way to play with computers at your day job, while hosting bar trivia at night.

A pop culture, politics, and sports junkie, Jeremy has hosted trivia in over 20 different bars in the Boston area. More than just a test of knowledge, he strives to make trivia nights a mix of dry humor and good music. Under his watch, the Common Ground was twice named best trivia in Boston by the Boston Phoenix.

Jeremy likes working at the Common Ground because of the smart clientele, great beer selection, and excellent tunes (and if you suggest a song, he might just add it to the playlist). He's a fan of team names that are funny or dirty (or both), so give it your best shot!

When he's not hosting trivia, you can find Jeremy wasting time online, being coerced into watching chick flicks with his wife, or manning third base at a local softball diamond.

He began hosting Stump! Trivia in 2006, and has been at the Common Ground since 2007.


Grasshopper (Dennis Lawerence)

36 year old Boston native, Dennis (grasshopper) Lawerence started DJ’ing at the age of 15 - doing high school events and summer parties.    While attending Northeastern, he dj’d house parties and started working his way into the club scene.   He worked his way through the club scene playing at many venues, Pasha Bar, Up’s & Down’s, Water Club, Venu, Rumor, Aria, 33, News, Wonder Bar, The Kells, and the Draft.  Finally landing at the Common Ground. 

Dennis maintain a professionalism and is able to entertain the crowd with a great mix.  He is very pleasing to any crowd he plays for, just ask him and he will be able to mix in your favorite song.

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