Category Archives: South End

Whale mural on Planet Storage building in the South End

public art, Tyson Andree, ink blockThe whale mural that has been visible from the Planet Self Storage building along Boston’s Southeast Expressway since the early 1990s has disappeared from view on I-93 ever since the Troy Boston residential building was erected.  According to a recent story in The Boston Globe, a fourth whale is going to be added to Planet Self Storage building.  The additional whale still won’t be visible to those on the highway but rather will face the Ink Block.

The developer behind the Ink Block, National Development, has commissioned Brookline graffiti artist, Tyson Andree, to spray-paint the new mural on a 15-foot-high by 68-foot-long section of Planet Self Storage’s northern wall, facing the Ink Block. The project should be finished by this weekend.

Banyan to open in space formerly home to Hamersley’s Bistro

Rebecca Roth, South End restaurantEarlier today Eater Boston reported that Rebecca Roth Gullo (Owner) and Seth Yaffe (General Manager) of The Gallows South End – will name their new restaurant, Banyan.

Banyan will open later this year in the space formerly home to Hamersley’s Bistro located on the corner of Clarendon Street and Tremont Street.

It was previously reported that Banyan would serve contemporary Asian cuisine with a focus on small plates. While I applaud Rebecca and Seth on opening a new restaurant, I’m not particularly interested in seeing anymore small plate menus.  I am starting to equate “small plate” with “spending a fortune and leaving hungry”. However, Rebecca has proven time and again that she knows how to run and manage a successful restaurant so I’ll be watching with curiosity.

GTI Properties looks to convert SoWa church into apartments

GTI PropertiesThe Boston Herald is reporting that new plans from GTI Properties have resurfaced for the Jesuit Urban Center which was shuttered in 2007.  GTI’s latest round of plans for the church, which was built back in 1858 and the adjoining property, would  call for 54 one- to three-bedroom apartments in the former Church of the Immaculate Conception and four townhome-style units in what they are calling an attached “Link Building”.   Back in 2013 GTI filed a letter of intent for the property to include 62 rental units but nothing ever came of it.  This new letter to the BRA is the first in more than a year.


South End Buttery celebrates 10 years of business

South End ButteryIt is hard to believe that it was ten years ago this April The South End Buttery opened on the corner of Shawmut and Union Park Street.  The corner coffee shop now has two locations in addition to expanding into neighboring space to create a restaurant and bar as well as a take out prepared foods market.  To celebrate this milestone anniversary The South End Buttery has lined up several events you may want to check out.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6:00 — 8:00 p.m.
– Wine, Beer and Hors d’oeuvres
– Chef Demonstrations
– Samples of New Prepared Market Foods
– Prepared Foods Discount

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:00 — 8:00 p.m.
– Wine, Beer and Hors d’oeuvres
– Cake and Cookie Decorating Lessons
– Discount Coupon on Next Custom Cake Order
– Samples of New Prepared Market Foods
– Prepared Foods Discounts

Friday, March 13, 2015, 6:00 — 8:00 p.m.
– Wine, Beer and Hors d’oeuvres
– Cooking Demonstrations
– Samples of New Prepared Market Foods
– Prepared Foods Discounts

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 AM — 6:00 p.m.
– Equator Coffees Specialty Roast samples all day
– Love Grain Pancake Samples w/ Mimosas (10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.)
– Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Samples with their Hot Sauces and Equator Coffees Jaguar Espresso Shakes (1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.)
– Valicenti Organico artisanal pasta tasting (4:00 — 6:00 p.m.)
– Love Grain, Jeni’s and Valicenti Organico and Buttery Prepared Foods Discounts will be available all day

Taste of the South End: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TOSE, AIDS Action, AAC, South End restaurantsI 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. 

Marriott hotel may open at Ink Block in 2017

Marriott at Ink Block South EndThe 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.


Taste of the South End tickets now on sale

TOSE, AIDS Action, AAC, South End restaurantsSince 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!