As rumors circulate that Peet’s Coffee will not open on Tremont Street, Cafe Madeleine announces their imminent opening on Columbus Avenue. South End residents will have noticed that the space formerly occupied by Amsterdam Cafe at 517 Columbus Avenue has recently seen new signage for Cafe Madeleine as well as a handwritten “Now Hiring” sign for Front of House positions at the soon to open cafe.
A press release distributed this week indicates that the new cafe will open before the end of the month. I peeked into the space this weekend and the space looks very inviting with a clean ivory interior that has grey and black accents. According to the release the cafe menu will include pastries as well as a small luncheon menu including salads, sandwiches, and quiche.
Cafe Madeleine will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For all of you curious to find out what will happen next now that BoMA Restaurant & Lounge has closed. Yesterday I spoke with the owner and earlier today he shared via email that The Elephant Walk, a French / Cambodian restaurant will move into the space.
“After two years of owning and operating BoMA Restaurant & Lounge in the South End, I am pleased to announce my collaboration with Nadsa de Monteiro and Richard Pile, respectively the Executive Chef and Managing Partner of The Elephant Walk. They will be bringing their restaurant to the South End. Yes, The Elephant Walk will open at the former BoMA location!
This will all move quickly with an eye on opening the restaurant in the Fall, aiming for October.” -Shane Manfred
Back in April it was reported in the BBJ that the restaurant would likely be displaced due to a $16 million apartment building project. So Audubon Circle’s loss is the South End’s gain. Check out The Elephant Walk’s French / Cambodian restaurant menu here.
A couple of local blogs are reporting that the South End restaurant, BoMA, which first opened less than two years ago has closed.
I have reached out to staff and the owner for confirmation but have not heard back. The restaurant’s Facebook Page appears to have been removed. I really like the staff and the neighborhood vibe of the place. I wonder if the restaurant will reopen with a new concept and name under the same ownership or if it has been shuttered for good. Either way I hope the staff are okay and the space can reopen soon.
Photo Source: Boston Redevelopment Authority
The Boston Herald reports that a new residential development will be coming to 46 Wareham Street in the South End. A three-story 19th century warehouse will be converted into a six story residential building that will have 42 units, a 9,400 square foot retail space and 50+ underground parking spaces. The new residential building will be called Factory at 46 Wareham. The article didn’t indicate if the units would be apartments or condos.
Below is an image of the building as it stands today.
This section of the South End currently has two large residential construction projects underway with the Ink Block and Troy Boston. Just two blocks from 46 Wareham The Cathedral of the Holy Cross has received board approval to build a new 120 unit building on a parking lot at 600 Harrison Avenue.
There are several other residential plans all within just a few blocks that are currently in various proposal stages. It will be interesting to see how these projects help reshape and revitalize this section of the South End which still has underutilized space in the form of partially vacated buildings and parking lots.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has placed the Holy Trinity German Church at 136 Shawmut Avenue in the South End on the market and is likely to be converted into apartments or condos. The 1877 granite building is 26,900 square feet and has a four story residence and office space. This section of the South End that leads up to the Mass Pike (I-90) has seen a lot of development in the past few years and I welcome the conversion of this space into a building that will hopefully increase foot traffic and welcome more people into the neighborhood. You may check out the property listing here.
This Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm is the 21st South End Garden Tour. The self-guided tour kick starts at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library at 685 Tremont Street.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. For more information on where you may purchase tickets or if you would like to buy tickets online, click here.
Cathedral Station opens tomorrow night starting at 7PM on Thursday. I’ll be cheering on the Red Sox at the Boston Pride event Out at Fenway.
If you are not going to be at Fenway Park tomorrow, check out the South End’s newest bar and Boston’s latest Gay Bar to open.
Cathedral Station is at 1222 Washington Street in the South End and has free parking in the back.
Earlier this morning, Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue in the South End, announced via Twitter that they would be closing at the end of June. Charlie’s first opened their doors in 1927 and has remained a popular cheap eats diner serving mostly South End residents, but through the years many a celebrity has stopped in to be photographed while enjoying some of their famous hash.
More about the story here.
Click on map to enlarge
Perhaps you have seen Thrillist Boston’s “T” Bar Map. They skipped over the Silverline 4&5 that cut through my neighborhood so I created my own version and took a bit of liberty starting at the Tufts NE Medical Center because I prefer the bar at the W Hotel over Jacob Worth’s.
You can check out Thrillist’s map (complete with close ups of each MBTA line) by linking here. Check out my list of South End watering holes near Silver Line stops in the South End.
Back in February BostonInno was the first to report that the national coffee chain, Peet’s Coffee, would open in the space previously occupied by Francesca’s Cafe at 564 Tremont Street.
Since Francesca’s closed last August, the large windows overlooking Tremont Street have been papered leaving onlookers to speculate what is happening with this prime commercial space in the heart of the South End. Yesterday I happened to walk by the space and was surprised to see all the paper removed, the door slightly ajar and the windows overlooking Union Park open.
Sadly, there isn’t much to report as you can see from the photos, but hopefully that will all change soon. The space is ideally suited for a cafe and while I would’ve preferred a local chain or independent coffee shop, it serves nobody to have this space empty and unused.
The reopening of Delux Cafe in the South End today ends what seems to have been a rash of new restaurant openings here and around the city that only have dishes in the $20 – $30 price range.
So I wanted to dedicate this post to Delux and all the other cheap eat alternatives here in the South End. For the sake of argument I’m suggesting a restaurant with the majority of main plates priced less than $15 constitutes a “cheap eat”. Aside from Delux Cafe, here are a few restaurants to consider.
ADDIS RED SEA is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant located in the heart of the neighborhood on Tremont St. Main dishes range in price between $8-$15; sharing plates makes dining even more affordable.
ANCHOVIES is nestled discretely on Columbus Avenue and serves home style Italian-American cooking. Main dishes for dinner all come with bread and a house salad and range from $12-$15.
PARISH CAFE S.E. is on the corner of Tremont and Mass and serves up American style comfort food for $14-$15 in such large servings half portions are worth considering unless you are really hungry.
PICCO The Pizza & Ice Cream Co. (PICCO) menu is mostly pizza, sandwiches and pasta. This place has a large patio that also provides excellent people watching. Main dishes range from $8-$14. For an even cheaper option; split a large pizza and delicious dessert.
What are some of your favorite cheap eats for dinner in the South End and around the city?
You may recall Delux Cafe was incorrectly reported that it had closed earlier this year (for the record, that incorrect report didn’t come from this blog – at least not this time). The restaurant had actually been sold to a longtime employee and they closed temporarily to give the place a good cleaning and do some remodeling.
It appears the remodeling is now complete because the Delux Cafe Twitter handle today has indicated they will be reopening at 5pm.
The construction at 275 Albany Street between Traveler and Berkeley Street now has a name and will be called Troy Boston.
The two residential towers will have nearly 400 units (it is still unclear if they will be apartments or condos), a garage with 180 spaces and 6,000 square feet of retail space. It will be interesting to see how this little corner of SoWa in the South End is transformed as the much larger complex “Ink Block” opens across the street from Troy Boston.
Trophy Room opening night
The Trophy Room had a soft opening on Thursday but as word spread the crowds came. When I first arrived at 7:00 pm nearly half the bar was gay but by the time I left close to 9:00 pm (see photo above) it had noticeably tilted to a predominantly gay clientele.
Tonight The Trophy Room will roll out their full menu which includes small shared plates, soups, salads, burgers and flat breads ranging from $7 – $14. The menu has a few main plates that range $16 – $19 and include honey-bourbon steak tips, roasted chicken, cod and shrimp fra diavalo all prepared under the watchful eye of chef Evan Campbell.
The redesigned space seems larger than before thanks to raising the ceilings, a large mirror over the bar to make the space seem wider, and relocating the entrance further up Chandler Street. While I didn’t try anything to eat and can’t comment on the menu, the bar staff is handsome, friendly and fast; that combined with a familiar location and a nice redesign bodes well for the The Trophy Room.
Trophy Room Boston at 26 Chandler Street, South End
Although signs have recently been placed outside the Trophy Room restaurant and bar, indicating they will be open to the public this Friday. They will have a soft opening on Thursday (tomorrow) after work to welcome the neighborhood. The space is the former home of Fritz but it will re-open as a neighborhood-friendly space rather than a ‘gay bar’. No plans on Thursday? Swing by and check it out. The space looks great.
Look for more posts about new openings in the South End that are targeted for later this summer in the weeks that follow.