Category Archives: South End

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!

Boston Magazine: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well in the South End

A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well in the South End, Christopher HughesRead 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.

Cafe Quattro opening in the South End

Pizza, pizzeria, boston, south endBoston 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.