Category Archives: Back Bay

Back Bay Harry’s to open next week

Harry CollingsTables and chairs are in place at the newly remodeled restaurant, Back Bay Harry’s, located on the Back Bay / South End line, and rumors suggest an opening later next week.  For those unfamiliar with the new restaurant opening in the space formerly home to Geoffrey’s, Back Bay Harry’s is a hip, casual restaurant and bar.  Harry Collings (Back Bay Harry) has teamed up with local celebrity chef, Jason Santos, the man behind Gargoyles (closed in 2011), Abby Lane and Blue Inc. Together they have worked hard to keep their menu affordable with main plates ranging $18-$22 and offering less expensive options with salads, sandwiches and pizzas; perfect bar fare.

Harry Collings

The newly redesigned bar which was moved to the opposite side of the restaurant and runs along Stanhope Street seats approximately 60 both at the bar and in surrounding high tops; all with great views of televisions if you want to watch a game. Look for fun weekend bar food specials, featuring some of Santos’ favorite items as well as a vibrant cocktail menu to sate your thirst while you nibble on snacks and appetizers, that range from $4-$12. Harry CollingsYou can like Back Bay Harry’s page on Facebook or check back at their website backbayharrys.com to see when they finally open, but as I mentioned previously look for an opening later next week.   Back Bay Harry’s is located at 142 Berkeley Street on the South End / Back Bay line.

Back Bay Harry’s

Harry CollingsEarlier 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.

Christian Science Plaza in Boston

Christian Science PlazaDepicted 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.

Opus Affair at Forum Boston tonight

Opus AffairWhile 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.

Back Bay Night Out

Back Bay Night OutMark 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 DisplayBack Bay On Display is a series of fall and winter events designed to draw visitors, shoppers and diners to Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

New metro line to connect Back Bay and Seaport

Rail 61 BostonToday, 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?

Back Bay Harry’s

Back Bay Harry's LogoHarry 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

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.