TheRealReporter.com says the Abbey Group is the money behind the rumored $40 million purchase for the 5.5 acre Boston Flower Exchange. According to the article, tenants have been told they need to vacate 540 Albany St. by year’s end. The lack of transparency and secrecy that has surrounded the Flower Exchange purchase to date is not going to sit well with neighborhood associations, but I remain curious to find out what is planned and hope more details from the developer will be forthcoming.
The Abby Group’s most successful endeavors include the Landmark Center in the Fenway and the Lafayette Corporate Center and 45 Province high-rise residential condominium in Downtown Crossing. Much thanks to Courtney Trautman for bringing the article in TheRealReporter.com to my attention.
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While this is not Boston’s first snowfall, it feels like it. Boston looks very pretty at the moment. Looking out my windows, the flurries pop against the red brick, giving the illusion that I’m looking out at a giant snow globe.
For the past few days Boston has been in the 50s. At lunch time yesterday, Boston was 55 degrees and today it is 30 degrees. Boston has about 3-4 inches of snow right now, but I suspect most of this will be gone by Monday since weather forecasts indicate Boston’s will be sunny and in the mid 40s on Sunday.
Last week Boston Magazine reported that FoMu Alternative Ice Cream + Cafe will be opening their third location here in the South End. FoMu’s first store opened in Allston in 2012 with a second location opening in Jamaica Plain the following year. FoMu Alternative Ice Cream is the vegan’s answer to ice cream and is plant-based. As a lover of all things ice cream I’m intrigued and will reserve my judgement until I can try it.
According to the article, FoMu is looking to open in May and from the image snapped on their Instagram it appears to me as if their store will be in the space formerly occupied by Gold Gallery at 655 Tremont Street by the intersection of West Brookline Street. You can read the full article from Boston Magazine, here.
A press release issued earlier this week indicates that SRV, which stands for Serene Republic of Venice, will become the South End’s newest restaurant when they formally open next week on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th. The website does not have any information and at the time I wrote this post one could not make reservations on OpenTable.com so it may be prudent to call ahead and check if you plan to try the new Italian restaurant.
569 Columbus Ave in Boston’s South End
Open daily from 5pm – 1am
SRV is the latest restaurant endeavor from Boston’s Coda Restaurant Group, which also includes South End standouts Coda & The Salty Pig as well as Jamaica Plain’s Canary Square.
Another restaurant and bar looks like it will be opening in the South End’s Ink Block. You may recall back in November I wrote about Bar Mezzana which is an Italian restaurant that is aiming for a spring 2016 opening in the 360 Harrison Ave building. This new restaurant – rumored to be called Scofflaw – will be in the 300 Harrison Avenue building.
The new space is hoping to acquire the Lower Mills Tavern liquor license. A hearing for the request was scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th. You can read more about the new restaurant from, Boston Restaurant Talk.
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.