Big changes are in store for one of Aquitaine Group’s signature south end restaurants. Effective January 1, 2015 Union Bar & Grille, which first opened eleven years ago in the autumn of 2003 will close. Aquitaine Group, which owns Union will retain the space and reopen a new restaurant under a new name with a targeted opening for April 2015. There is no information about the new concept, menu or who will help run the re-branded space. However, the Aquitaine Group understands the competitive South End restaurant industry better than most and have an impressive track record.
A lot has changed since October 2013 when Union opened. They were one of the first restaurants in the emerging SoWa district of the South End. Despite the fact that earlier that year Wilkes Passage and Rollins Square had opened, the restaurant scene in the South End didn’t cross over Tremont Street with but a few exceptions. Union’s presence with their gourmet, house ground burger and 10k Tuna changed all that and shortly after more restaurants followed.
I have a lot of fond memories of Union but the restaurant has lost its way and newer restaurants nearby like The Gallows and Boston Chops have proven to be tough competition for a restaurant that has not been updated in over a decade. I look forward to the new space when it reopens in the spring of 2015 and wish them all the best.
The South End’s newest apartment complex, Troy Boston, is offering two months free rent if you move-in starting this January. The new development located at 276 Albany Street has two towers and when fully open will include 376 apartments, rooftop terraces, rooftop lounge, outdoor swimming pool, fitness facilities, and outdoor pet-friendly space.
You can find out more if interested by visiting their website, troyboston.com.
On Friday Donna Goodison from The Boston Herald Tweeted that the Franklin Cafe Southie will go before the Boston Licensing Board to sell the business (and alcohol license – of course) to a new spot called Moonshine Kitchen. I can’t find any details about Moonshine Kitchen but any tips from my readers would be welcome.
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.
46 Wareham Street South End
Chef 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.
Earlier 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.
Something 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.