Category Archives: South End

Developer looks to build office atop garage at 1000 Washington Street in South End

South End development proposal

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Nordblom Co. wants to add 200,000 square feet of office space to the garage of its 1000 Washington St. building in the South End.

The Boston Herald reported over the weekend that two developers Nordblom Co and Rubenstein Partners submitted a letter of intent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to build a 200,000+ square foot office and lobby addition to the parking garage at 321 Harrison Avenue.

The garage is located at the intersection of Herald Street, next to 1000 Washington Street (former Teradyne Building which is currently leased by state agencies). The new office space would result in the loss of some 60 parking spaces in the approximately 300-space garage, which would serve the new project and 1000 Washington.

You can read the full article here.

Rumor has it Abbey Group is the buyer of Boston Flower Market

Boston Flower says the Abbey Group is the money behind the rumored $40 million purchase for the 5.5 acre Boston Flower Exchange. According to the article, tenants have been told they need to vacate 540 Albany St. by year’s end. The lack of transparency and secrecy that has surrounded the Flower Exchange purchase to date is not going to sit well with neighborhood associations, but I remain curious to find out what is planned and hope more details from the developer will be forthcoming.

The Abby Group’s most successful endeavors include the Landmark Center in the Fenway and the Lafayette Corporate Center and 45 Province high-rise residential condominium in Downtown Crossing. Much thanks to Courtney Trautman for bringing the article in to my attention.

What a difference 24 hours can make

Rollins Square, South End

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While this is not Boston’s first snowfall, it feels like it. Boston looks very pretty at the moment. Looking out my windows, the flurries pop against the red brick, giving the illusion that I’m looking out at a giant snow globe.

For the past few days Boston has been in the 50s.  At lunch time yesterday, Boston was 55 degrees and today it is 30 degrees.  Boston has about 3-4 inches of snow right now, but I suspect most of this will be gone by Monday since weather forecasts indicate Boston’s will be sunny and in the mid 40s on Sunday.

Get your tickets to the Taste of the South End

ToseThe Taste of the South End takes place one month from today. The money raised benefits the AIDS Action Committee of MA and often sells out. More than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants will be present and there will be plenty to drink as well as entertaining cooking demonstrations so check it out.

Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont Street

FoMu Alternative Ice Cream + Cafe to open in South End in May

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Last week Boston Magazine reported that FoMu Alternative Ice Cream + Cafe will be opening their third location here in the South End.  FoMu’s first store opened in Allston in 2012 with a second location opening in Jamaica Plain the following year.  FoMu Alternative Ice Cream is the vegan’s answer to ice cream and is plant-based. As a lover of all things ice cream I’m intrigued and will reserve my judgement until I can try it.

According to the article, FoMu is looking to open in May and from the image snapped on their Instagram it appears to me as if their store will be in the space formerly occupied by Gold Gallery at 655 Tremont Street by the intersection of West Brookline Street. You can read the full article from Boston Magazine, here.

SRV: South End restaurant to open next week

south end restaurant, diningA press release issued earlier this week indicates that SRV, which stands for Serene Republic of Venice, will become the South End’s newest restaurant when they formally open next week on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th. The website does not have any information and at the time I wrote this post one could not make reservations on so it may be prudent to call ahead and check if you plan to try the new Italian restaurant.

569 Columbus Ave in Boston’s South End
Open daily from 5pm – 1am
(617) 536-9500

SRV is the latest restaurant endeavor from Boston’s Coda Restaurant Group, which also includes South End standouts Coda & The Salty Pig as well as Jamaica Plain’s Canary Square.

New restaurant Scofflaw looks to open at Ink Block

ScofflawAnother restaurant and bar looks like it will be opening in the South End’s Ink Block.  You may recall back in November I wrote about Bar Mezzana which is an Italian restaurant that is aiming for a spring 2016 opening in the 360 Harrison Ave building.  This new restaurant – rumored to be called Scofflaw – will be in the 300 Harrison Avenue building.

The new space is hoping to acquire the Lower Mills Tavern liquor license. A hearing for the request was scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th.  You can read more about the new restaurant from, Boston Restaurant Talk.