Category Archives: South End

Zoning issue plagues 46 Wareham residential project

Factory at Wareham Street, Boston

Source: Boston Redevelopment Authority

This summer I wrote about a new residential project proposed by The Holland Companies that would convert the underutilized and decrepit 46 Wareham Street building into a residential space with The Society of Arts and Crafts (currently on Newbury Street) on the ground floor.

However the plan to redevelop this space has hit a snag according to Zack Huffman’s article in the most recent Boston Courant.  The building is zoned for light industrial work (not residential).  It is unclear if this means the original plans need to be scrapped or if a middle ground will be found, but the developers are now working on a new plan that would not violate the zoning restrictions. I have no idea what that means, but I do know that the building as it currently stands is an eye-sore and is not serving either the business community nor residents and this neighborhood needs more usable space for both small businesses and residents.  I snapped a photo of how 46 Wareham currently looks; we can do better.

Factory at 46 Wareham Street

46 Wareham Street South End

The Butcher Shop Harvest Fest 2014

Butcher Shop Boston, Barbara LynchChef Barbara Lynch and The Butcher Shop will celebrate the Fall season at Harvest Fest 2014 in the South End on the corner of Waltham & Tremont Street on Sunday, October 5th. The event includes festivities and 20+ restaurants & purveyors.

Attendees may savor endless small plates featuring foie gras, oysters, artisanal cheeses, stuffed Maine lobster tail, charcuterie, grilled Wagyu, and seasonal vegetables harvested from Siena Farms.Sip small-grower, food friendly wines with Barbara Lynch Gruppo’s wine director Cat Silirie, and toast the afternoon with local craft beers from Harpoon Brewery.

Sunday, October 5th from 2 – 6 PM

VIP tickets are now sold out but general admission tickets for $150 remain available (for the time being). For a complete list of participating restaurants, planned events or to purchase tickets to this event link here.

Gallows owners eye Hamersley’s space for new restaurant

Rebecca Roth GulloEarlier this week I wrote a quick post about a whisper campaign regarding who was moving into Hamersley’s restaurant after it closes next month.  Those whispers were apparently credible. Today, Eater Boston published Rebecca Roth Gullo of The Gallows will open a new restaurant there in early January 2015.

According to the Eater article, Hamersley’s is seeking to transfer its license to an RRG, LLC with Seth Yaffe listed as the manager. RRG (most likley is Rebecca Roth Gullo) and Seth Yaffe is The Gallows’ GM.  I’m very happy for Rebecca and her team. She has a great track record of opening successful businesses here in the South End.


South End restaurant rumors: Hamersley’s

Hamersleys Bistro South End BostonSomething I really like but never expected from this blog is people proactively reaching out to tell me about new businesses opening and old businesses closing.  I often refer to these tips as “whispers” because they are usually shared as such when I’m out and about.

I’m going out on a limb here and asking for more info

A whisper campaign seems to be in full swing with different people who don’t know each other whispering who is going into Hamersley’s space after it closes in October.  The problem is the name mentioned over and over again doesn’t make sense.

So I’ve decided to ask those of you who have been whispering (you know who you are) if you would email me with more information. What did you see? Who told you? Give me something in writing.

Cafe Madeleine in South End is open

South End Boston CafeYesterday, Cafe Madeleine opened at 517 Columbus Avenue in the South End. Their menu includes pastries (with several varieties of croissants), chocolate treats (think mousse, cake and other treats) as well as more nutritious luncheon options like salads, sandwiches and quiche.

Give this new South End cafe a try and let me know what you think.

Food trucks come to South End’s Franklin Square

Boston announces 15 new food truck locationsBoston StrEATS rolled into the South End’s Franklin Square last Thursday as part of a weekly evening food truck program that is designed to bring people out to Boston parks.

Boston StrEATS each Thursday 5-9 p.m. at Franklin Sq.

The free event will feature eight food trucks and live music from 5 – 9 p.m. and will hopefully bring more people over to Franklin Square; often overlooked by South End residents in favor of the neighboring Blackstone Square on Washington Street.

Boston StrEATS plans to bring different food trucks each Thursday through the fall for as long as the weather permits.

Jordan Lofts at 477-481 Harrison Avenue

Jordan Lofts Building South EndMy previous blog post about Jordan Lofts on Harrison Avenue in the South End got a lot of attention so I asked a friend to introduce me to the developer, John Holland, from Holland Development, LLC.

John Holland told me that Jordan Lofts would be a mix of condominiums and rentals; condos on fourth and fifth floors and rentals on first, second and third floors.

Don’t be deceived by the use of “lofts” since there are varying floor plans. The commercial space is approximately 4,700 square feet and they are working with a local daycare provider, but the space is zoned general commercial so it could be an office, retail, restaurant or gallery. My preference would be for retail, restaurant or gallery.

The building is scheduled to open at the end of next summer.  Pricing for the rentals and sales are still being determined – the website will be updated when that information is available.

Below are images that John was nice enough to share.Boston South End real estateJordan Lofts in the South EndSouth End Boston residential buildinng