Category Archives: South End

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.

Jordan Lofts in South End

Holland ConstructionJordan Lofts on Harrison Avenue was pitched as a new residential development to the BRA a couple years ago.  Last year the project received board approval to create 18 condominium units and 20 parking spaces. Construction has been underway since the spring.

Unlike other projects in the neighborhood there is virtually no news about Jordan Lofts. Their website still promises a 2012 opening; let’s hope the developer, Holland Construction, pays more attention to detail on the condominiums than they’ve shown their website.

Does anyone know what is happening with Jordan Lofts? When the condominiums are expected to come on the market and their price range? A commercial space appears on the ground floor and any information about that would also be of interest to me.

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe in South End to reopen

South End Charlie's Sandwich ShoppeWCVB-TV News is reporting that Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue is reopening after it closed in June after almost 90 years in business.

The report indicates that a chef who runs Stella will bring the neighborhood favorite back some time next year.  According to WCVB the menu will remain unchanged.

So far there has been no updates on the famed restaurant’s Twittah handle, @TurkeyHash but yours truly will be keeping an eye on the account for anymore news.

Much thanks to Rich Caswell for the tip.

Cafe Madeleine to open in South End

South End Boston CafeAs  rumors circulate that Peet’s Coffee will not open on Tremont Street, Cafe Madeleine announces their imminent opening on Columbus Avenue. South End residents will have noticed that the space formerly occupied by Amsterdam Cafe at 517 Columbus Avenue has recently seen new signage for Cafe Madeleine as well as a handwritten “Now Hiring” sign for Front of House positions at the soon to open cafe.

A press release distributed this week indicates that the new cafe will open before the end of the month.  I peeked into the space this weekend and the space looks very inviting with a clean ivory interior that has grey and black accents. According to the release the cafe menu will include pastries as well as a small luncheon menu including salads, sandwiches, and quiche.

Cafe Madeleine will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.