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.
The final SoWa Open Market of the 2014 season is today. So come down to Harrison Avenue and enjoy the Halloween themed event before everyone packs up at 4PM and the season comes to a close. More details here.
IlluminusBoston Festival tonight in the South End is a free and really cool. Filled with interactive and eye-catching displays that are really pretty awesome.
Food trucks are on hand for you to grab a bite or drink if you like so come down to 540 Harrison Avenue in SoWa and check out this one night only festival.
Looking for something different to do this Saturday? Check out Illuminus, an artistic event happening on October 25th in the SoWa neighborhood, across Harrison Avenue in the Power Station (by the BSC South End) and surrounding parking lots.
This is a free nighttime festival of creative innovation, featuring large-scale light projections and installations that include immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that are created to help you reimagine the Boston at night. The free event will be held from 6:00 PM – midnight and will include light projections, music, performances and food trucks.
More information is available on their FB event page.
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
Photographer: Ali Horeanopoulos
Looking for something different to do? Tomorrow, Friday, October 3rd is the SoWa Artist Guild First Friday celebration. Visit 450 Harrison Ave in the South End to meet the local artists, walk through their art studios and check out their work. More than 60 artists routinely open their studios for the “First Friday” of every month.
For more details check out the SoWa First Friday Facebook Page.