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Tag Archives: SOWA
Can a hip, downtown Boston neighborhood be home to an iconic store Hollywood stylists and movie makers have on a short list but residents across town have never heard of before? The answer is yes.
Last week I was watching WGBH, Boston’s PBS station, when Bobby’s From Boston was featured. Bobby’s is just two blocks up the street from where I live, and apparently remains a relative unknown to local fashionistas who love “vintage”.
Bobby’s keeps no website and jokes that their store hours are “Closed until tomorrow 12:00 – 6:00pm”. This iconic shop located at 19 Thayer Street is one of the coolest stores I’ve ever visited. Located along the pedestrian walkway that brings thousands into the South End each Sunday for the SoWa Open Market, Bobby’s is just one of several very unique and truly one-of-a-kind shops worth checking out. PBS recent interview of Bobby is what spurred me to write this post. Below I’ve included an excerpt from his interview for WGBH-TV.
The South End rumor mill is grinding fast and furious these days. Earlier this year SoWa Boston confirmed GTI Properties purchased the Jesuit Urban Center and the Immaculate Conception Church on Harrison Avenue. Unconfirmed reports suggest that GTI Properties plans to convert these two 19th century structures into 80 apartments.
In addition to news about GTI Properties latest development, rumor has it that a Mexican restaurant will soon be opening in the space formerly occupied by Sibling Rivalry on Tremont Street in the South End.
At this point, this is only an unconfirmed rumor but it is one that I’ve now heard from two different restaurant owners in the South End. Questions remain who may be behind the new restaurant, but if it is true this extends a streak of Mexican restaurants opening in Boston that I thought had run its course. This would be the
first second (sorry El Centro!) Mexican restaurant to open in the South End and be just two blocks from Masa, a southwest bar and grill. If the rumors prove true, the new restaurant could give both El Centro and Masa a run for their money.
The SoWa Open Market has returned this weekend after a winter hiatus. This year’s market has expanded and now includes 110 indie designers and artists at 460 Harrison Avenue; more than 75 specialty food and farm vendors at 500 Harrison Avenue; and 30 food trucks serving up all sorts of good eats at 540 Harrison Avenue. The market will run every Sunday from 10am – 4pm through the end of October.
The city of Boston has so many events going on Sunday one’s head could spin trying to see and do everything. However, if you end up in or near the South End, in addition to the Oyster Festival and the SoWa Open Market, from 11AM to 6PM on Sunday is the SoWa Art Walk. If you’ve never attended, come down and check it out; support the local art scene – I think you’ll be impressed.
More information here, www.sowaartwalk.com.
Boston’s SoWa Open Market starts next Sunday, May 5th and according to the organizers, the market will be bigger than ever, featuring 110 indie designers and artists + 30 food trucks + 75 specialty food and farm vendors. Mark your calendars, the SoWa Open market is every Sunday from 10am – 4pm through the end of October. More information on the market can be found here.
The SoWa Open market will start its 10th season in the South End in a few weeks and the growing popularity of this Sunday market is evident with news that it is expanding yet again. According to mysouthend.com, the Farmer’s Market, which only joined the SoWa Open market a couple of years ago will double in size hosting 60 vendors of specialty foods and fresh produce each week. Additionally, 25-30 food trucks will be on hand each Sunday serving all sorts of foods and treats.
SoWa Open market is held each Sunday starting in May and running through October from 10am – 4pm at 460 Harrison Avenue. More information is available on their website at, www.sowaopenmarket.com.
So I was surprised to see that Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams have opened a sizable Pop Up furniture store at 520 Harrison Avenue near the intersection of Harrison and Randolph Street. According to the sales rep I spoke to the store will remain here in SoWa for the next few months and they are open from 10am – 6pm daily. Unfortunately, I did not get a phone number, but you may contact their flagship store in the South End for more details at 617-266-0075.
I woke up this morning to look out at a blustery day filled with snow blowing up and down Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.
This is a view from my fourth floor apartment; to the left you can see Harrison Avenue heading toward E. Berkeley Street and to the right is a view of the BSC South End gym and Gaslight restaurant. Hard to believe that spring technically starts in approximately 30-days.
Starting this weekend, you will have another option for brunch as Cinquecento opens to serve patrons from 10am – 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. The menu which is posted on their website here, is divided into pastries, smaller first plates, eggs, salads and pastas; all very reasonably priced it would appear.
According to the press release, Cinquecento’s brunch menu will include savory Italian dishes like truffled polenta with poached eggs, grilled steak and eggs with Pecorino biscuits, as well as sweeter options like crepes with whipped lemon ricotta and native honey, ricotta fritters and sugar donuts.
You can call to make a reservation at (617) 338-9500.
The market which draws thousands each weekend will take a hiatus during the winter months and be back in the spring of 2013. I’ll miss having this just outside my condo and look forward to its return in May 2013.
More than 50 vendors will be showcasing, and selling, their Made in USA products. Food trucks will be serving great eats and it appears there will even be a beer garden featuring Local Micro Breweries.
540 Harrison Ave, Saturday & Sunday Oct 20 – 21
More information about the event here, www.americanfield.us
Cinquecento has had more than its share of rumors regarding opening so its understandable to be circumspect, but I’m marking the date in my calendar. While the restaurant will be new, much of the staff are Gaslight alum, including: Chris Robins in the kitchen and Eric Hogan and Sarah Pope on the floor.
Buona fortuna Cinquecento!
Cinquecento: 500 Harrison Ave Boston / Phone: (617) 338-9500
A few weeks ago I mentioned on my blog the city of Boston had approved a new hotel and residences to be built just a few blocks from my home. I am so happy to hear that space currently used as a parking lot near Interstate 93 will be redesigned and add space for residents and commercial purposes.
I have paired a photo from Google Maps with the image of the proposed development offered by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The $165 million dollar project will include 3-story parking garage, 19-story residential tower, and a 11-story hotel that has 325 “micro-rooms” (I have no idea what a micro room is but I don’t care since I live two blocks away and hopefully will never need to make use of the rooms).
This development happens to be next to the neighborhoods largest redevelopment plan that is currently underway called the Ink Block (shown above). The project revitalizes 6 acres of land previously owned and occupied by the Boston Herald Newspaper. The Ink Block plans propose multiple buildings of mixed use space with more than 470 rental residential units, retail space (including a 50,000 square foot Whole Foods) and 400+ below ground parking lot.
Today I sat down with the very personable head chef of BoMA Restaurant and Bar, Chris Bussell, to talk to him about his new restaurant, which is just days away from opening. Although he was quiet on the exact day he did say “for sure by next Friday”.
This eagerly awaited restaurant has transformed the former home of Pho Republique, enlarging and moving the bar to the left side of the restaurant and making the space feel much larger by installing floor to ceiling sliding windows that open on to Washington Street across from the beautiful Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Bussell was most excited when talking about the menu he’s pulled together which is divided into five categories: Tiny plates (think tapas but with a twist); Small plates (appetizers); Medium plates (mostly lighter fare ranging $14-18); Large plates (main course ranging $21-27) and Sweet plates (desserts).
The kitchen closes at Midnight but the bar will remain open serving drinks until 1AM. While BoMA will only be serving dinner initially, Bussell assured me that after a few weeks they will also start serving Sunday Brunch. Sounds delicious to me and I can hardly wait.
BoMA Restaurant and Bar is located at 1415 Washington Street.