I previously wrote about this fun annual tasting that raises money for the AIDS Action Committee of MA, but I wanted to give one more shout out for those of you who may have been contemplating attending but had yet to buy tickets.
Taste of the South End, Tuesday March 3, 2015
More than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants will share tempting bites that range from the savory to the sweet. In addition there will be plenty to drink and entertaining cooking demonstrations from some of the neighborhood’s most admired chefs. If you have any questions about this social South End event, feel free to reach out to me. Otherwise, grab tickets while they last. Here is a quick video from a Taste of the South End from a few years back.
The developers behind the South End Ink Block, National Development, recently unveiled an image of a proposed 200 room AC Hotel by Marriott, a brand that targets Gen X and Millennials. According to National’s PR machine, the hotel will have a contemporary feel that will blend in with the four adjacent buildings.
Based on drawings that I’ve seen previously of the Ink Block development, the hotel building looks like it would be on the corner of Albany and Traveler Streets. The article (linked below) indicates this property would open in early 2017.
More details here.
Since 1995 local restaurants have come together to share some of their most tempting plates to help raise awareness and money for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. This year more than 40 restaurants from the South End will converge for the Taste of the South End on Tuesday, March 3rd.
Get your tickets before the event sells out. You can find more details about the program can on their website here. Tickets for the 2015 Taste of the South End are on sale now!
Read Boston Magazine’s article penned by Christopher Hughes, A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well in the South End. Hughes, the magazine’s online food editor, asked Ken Oringer (Clio, Uni & Toro) and Top Chef season 10 winner Kristen Kish to share their favorite South End spots.
The article really illustrates how lucky South End residents are, showcasing a wide variety of options. If you are curious where Oringer and Kish go for cocktails and / or cuisine check out the article. My only surprise – even though I agreed with many of their choices – was how many other options we have in this tiny neighborhood that went unmentioned.
How can anyone overlook such neighborhood gems like Formaggio with their superior selection of cheeses and meats or Brix with their unique selection of small vintage wineries? Restaurants and bakeries like South End Pita, Orinoco, Elephant Walk and Render Coffee add color and options that most neighborhoods would kill to have but the South End has such a rich collection it is easy to forget all the markets, restaurants, bakeries and cafes crammed into this tiny n’hood.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Cafe Quattro, a popular Italian / Pizzeria with Beacon Hill residents will reopen in the South End.
Apparently the popular restaurant lost its lease in Beacon Hill after the landlord essentially forced them out to make room for a larger upscale restaurant. Beacon Hill’s loss is the South End’s gain. Cafe Quattro will reopen at 817 Harrison Avenue on the corner of East Springfield Street. The owners were scheduled to go before the licensing commission this week (not sure if the weather has delayed that meeting). One hopes they will be opening soon.
About Cafe Quattro: We serve a wide array of sandwiches, panini, wraps, and pizza, as well as cappuccino, espresso, latte, and coffee. Our breads are baked especially for us and delivered daily. Our thin crust pizza is hand tossed and made to order, using fresh dough. Pizza is available by the slice, small personal pies, or 20″ Large pies each made in the old fashioned Italian-American tradition.
Eat your heart out local television broadcasters. Sergio stepped out today to check out the neighborhood. While this may not be as large a storm as initially predicted it is still packing quite a punch. Below are images Sergio snapped earlier today.
View of Washington & Waltham Street in the South End, Boston
View of Tremont & Clarendon Street in the South End, Boston
View of Union Park from Tremont Street in the South End Boston
View of Shawmut Street and Union Park in the South End Boston
View of Waltham Street in the South End, Boston
46 Wareham Street South End
According to the Boston Courant, a new plan has been filed for 46 Wareham, a building in the South End that the Holland Companies would like to renovate and develop. This past summer the Holland Companies suggested modernizing the under utilized structure to create a 6-story, 42 residential unit building that would include ground floor space for a commercial unit. Opposition from some community activists who did not want to lose the commercial space and pointed to zoning laws that supported their arguments forced the developers to go back to the drawing board.
The Holland Companies hopes their revised proposal addresses the zoning concerns by reducing the number of residential units to 36 and increasing the commercial space by making the first two levels of the building available for commercial use (some 20,000 square feet). The developers feel that the long term viability of this project hinges on it being a mixed use development.