Earlier this summer I sat down and talked to Harry Collings (owner of the soon to open Back Bay Harry’s). At the time he had hoped they would be able to open by the end of September. Unfortunately the restaurant / bar has yet to open but the work inside is coming together and it appears if this location will be opening very soon. Last week the final remnants of Geoffrey’s Cafe came down and a new awning and sign was installed to the exterior.
Stay tuned for more to come shortly.
Depicted above is a beautiful photograph of the Christian Science Plaza in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Photo credit goes to Stamatis Ky who took this picture earlier this week.
While Boston’s unfriendly reputation is sometimes deserved there are a number of groups that have made a concerted effort to help people connect – like Opus Affair. This group defines themselves as a “community of artists and friends” who meet monthly for cocktails around Boston and each month Opus Affair attracts a large, friendly group worth checking out.
Some come for networking, others come for fun, but each monthly gathering is informal and very social. No plans tonight? Check out Opus Affair’s monthly get together. This month they will be at Forum in the Back Bay on Boylston Street.
Opus Affair at Forum Boston at 755 Boylston Street @ 6PM
More details about tonight’s get together is available here.
Mark Thursday night in your calendar and come down to the Back Bay to partake in Back Bay Night Out.
BBNO – Thursday, Sept 12
With the vacuum created by the now defunct, Fashion Night Out, Back Bay On Display will host Back Bay Night Out. In addition to some great shopping opportunities, The Shops of the Prudential will host the movie, The Great Gatsby, in the South Garden.
More information is available on the Back Bay on Display Facebook page.
Back Bay On Display is a series of fall and winter events designed to draw visitors, shoppers and diners to Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.
Today, the Boston Globe reports that a forgotten and unused train track that was used to carry freight about 100 years ago could potentially connect the Seaport District to the Back Bay.
“The state, with no fanfare, has set aside tens of millions of dollars to launch an innovative train service on a dormant rail line between a pair of the city’s most vital neighborhoods: the Seaport District and the Back Bay.
The service should be ready to go in just two years, the planning done without any of the drawn-out permitting processes or neighborhood histrionics that impede so much progress in Boston.“
Read more about this in today’s Boston Globe, here.
I would LOVE to see this happen. What are your thoughts?
Harry Collings knows the LGBT community is looking forward to the opening of his new restaurant and bar, Back Bay Harry’s, and his team is working diligently so they may open in September. Earlier this week Harry gave me a private tour of the space that has been completely redesigned by HGTV designer and Massachusetts native, Taniya Nayak.
The changes to the space are significant (and for the better in my opinion). Harry is doubling the bar area, moving it to the opposite side of the room that runs along Stanhope Street. The bar will run the full the length of the restaurant, ending at the newly renovated and more open kitchen. The bar will give way to high tops, followed by dining tables and comfy banquets by the front windows and along the left side of the restaurant.
Harry Collings poses in front of his new restaurant, Back Bay Harry’s
The license for Back Bay Harry’s will allow for dinner to be served until 1AM and the bar can remain open until 2AM. Harry indicated that he plans to be open for lunch and dinner and to serve brunch on the weekends. Although the menu is yet to be finalized, you can expect affordable American fare. I promise to share more on that subject – the food – in a future post. I want to be among the first to say welcome to Back Bay Harry’s and to wish them luck.
Not all flashback posts are all that old. This is what Commonwealth Avenue looked like just five months ago.
Past Flashback Friday Posts