Omar & Noah at Taste of The South End
The Taste of the South End is one of my favorite fundraisers to attend each year. The money raised benefits the AIDS Action Committee of MA, so I’d like to encourage you to mark the date on your calendar and purchase tickets today.
Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston
More than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants will be present and there will be plenty to drink as well as entertaining cooking demonstrations from some of the neighborhood’s most admired chefs. If you have any questions about the Taste of the South End reach out to me. Otherwise, grab tickets while they last. Here is a quick video from the 2014 Taste of the South End.
345 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End
You may not have noticed but the old Greybar building that occupied a city block between Washington Street and Harrison Ave has been demolished and construction appears to be underway (or soon to be underway) for the new residential development currently known by its address, 345 Harrison Ave.
345 Harrison Avenue, formerly home to commercial space owned by Greybar
Tomorrow the BRA Board of Directors will meet and is expected to approve changes to the project. According to the BRA agenda notes, the developer – Nordblom – would like to increase the retail space from 30,000 to 40,000 square feet, decrease the number of units from 602 to 587 apartments and increase the number of parking spaces to 270 spaces. Who knows when this project will finally be finished but it is nice to see activity here and it will be interesting to see how the project will add life to this part of the South End.
Last week The Boston Globe wrote that a notice was filed with the city just before the end of the year that the developer who purchased the now-closed Quinzani’s Bakery and Ho Kong Bean Sprout Co. on the corner of Harrison Avenue and East Berkeley Streets will develop a 300,000 square-foot housing and retail project.
There were no other specifics provided but the developer indicated the project would “provide for 18-hour uses and result in an enhanced, pedestrian-friendly public realm”. The Boston Globe pointed out that by submitting the application on the last day of 2015, Related Beal (the developer) will not be subject to new requirements from the city of Boston for additional affordable housing benefits that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
No doubt more details will be forthcoming in the months that follow. You can read the full article on the Boston Globe, Housing heading for old Quinzani’s site in South End.
Wine Riot started here in Boston’s South End but it has grown considerably over the years. The events are one part education and one part revolution, reinventing “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious.
Now the masterminds behind these events which have taken place in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles is looking for a permanent home here in the South End. They have identified 519 Tremont Street (the former home of Design Within Reach) as their new, permanent home. Tonight they are hosting a South End neighborhood meeting and later next week they will go before the Boston Licensing board. If you would like to see Wine Riot open in the neighborhood they need your support. Spread the word.
Sign the Wine Riot Petition Here
Prior to leaving for Brazil I exchanged emails on Facebook with the new Greek restaurant, Kava, opening in the South End, which I first wrote about in early November, New Greek restaurant Kava to open in the South End.
In November I mentioned the restaurant was targeting an early 2016 opening and in the email I exchanged earlier this month they confirmed that they are committed to a late January opening but a lot can happen in four weeks so I plan to touch base after I return to see if there were any setbacks over the holidays.
One of my readers, Dean, emailed me shortly after my first post to let me know that the owners behind Kava are the same as Trattoria Newbury in the Back Bay and the chef at that restaurant, will move to Kava when they open. However, I’ve not been able to confirm this. I’ll try to circle back after the holidays. In the meantime, anyone with information about Kava can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonus points for maintaining a sense of humor. I hope they get their bike back.
Neighborhood rumblings about the rift between Chris Masci (owner of New England Open Markets) and Mario Nicosia (GTI Properties) have continued since my last post in early December, Can the South End host two farmer’s markets in the South End.
This past week I was contacted by another source who asked I not mention them by name. They indicated that Chris Masci has opted to expand his market on The Greenway to a three-day market (Friday – Sunday) and if true would presumably not host a South End farmer’s market in 2016. But this makes no sense to me since that would mean The New England Open Market would compete with the Boston Public Market (open Wed – Sun from 8AM-8PM). The Boston Public Market is close enough to be viable competition and it has the added advantages of having more vendors, public parking and access to the T.
I’m currently in Brazil and have not been able to connect with New England Open Markets to ask if this latest rumor is true but since my previous questions have either resulted in no response or denials about GTI hosting their SoWa Farmer’s market it is hard to say if I’d get a reliable response. Maybe larger blogs dedicated to such topics (e.g. EaterBoston or Hidden Boston) may be able to get more clarification. One thing that is quite clear, the proposed relocation of the South End Farmer’s Market under the I-93 expressway appears to be a deal breaker for many long-time vendors as yet another confirmed with me that they would not participate in the farmer’s market if it was located there.