Category Archives: South End

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


Bounce public art at BCA Plaza

Liz NofzigerDespite all the gentrification in the South End, I love that a strong arts community remains.  I firmly believe that the soul of the South End is tied to the fate of the artists who live and or work in this neighborhood. Their personality is still present despite the million dollar condos that seem to be for sale everywhere.

A great example of this is the current public art display in the BCA Plaza by Liz Nofziger entitled Bounce. BCA resident artist, Nofziger, has installed three conjoined ping-pong tables that are custom engineered to form an over sized ‘communal’ ping pong court. The public is encouraged to play – paddles and balls are available to all.

Hamersley’s Bistro to close

Gordon Hamersley at Taste of the South End

Gordon Hamersley at Taste of the South End

Holy crap! Gordon Hamersley, a James Beard Award winner and one of Boston’s most celebrated chefs, has announced that he will close his restaurant after opening twenty-seven years ago in Boston’s South End.

Gordon told The Boston Globe’s Devra First that he wants to spend more time to focus on his follow-up book to Bistro Cooking at Home and to continue to mentor young chefs.  An undisclosed new owner has already claimed the space and license, and will renovate and re-open a new concept at the beginning of 2015.  Full story here.

South End rumor: Tenant signed in former Francesca’s space

gossipRumor has it that Fred Kiley (the owner of the building that once housed Francesca’s) has signed a lease with a new tenant for the prime space on Tremont Street.

According to the neighborhood gossip, the space will remain a coffee shop and include outdoor seating.  The new tenant is not Peets coffee but I’ve not been able to get any further details regarding who signed the lease or an expected opening.  If you happen to have any further information, contact me at


Cinquecento’s Bacchanalia party on Thursday

Cinquecento Bacchanalia Party 2014The place to be in Boston this Thursday is at Cinquecento’s Bacchanalia Party.  Stop by and check it out. More information can be found on their event page on Facebook here.