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SoWa Art Walk Sunday

PrintThe 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.

SoWa Open Market returns next Sunday

Boston SoWa MarketBoston’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.

SoWa Open Market expands

sowa-open-marketThe 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.

Mitchell Gold pop up store opens in South End

Mitchell Gold + Bob WilliamsLate in 2012 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams opened their newly expanded furniture store which doubled the floor space of their original storefront.

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.Mitchell Gold Pop Up Store

Winter in Boston

Harrison Avenue

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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.

Cinquecento rolls out weekend brunch menu

CinquecentoStarting 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.

SoWa Open Market closes for season

The SoWa Open Market and the  Farmer’s Market which opened this spring officially closed today at 4PM.

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.

American Field pop up market

Boston American FieldThis weekend, Ball and Buck will be hosting the inaugural “American Field” All American Menswear pop up market at the Power Station at 540 Harrison Avenue in the South End’s SoWa district.

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

South End restaurant gossip

Rumors suggest we can expect The Aquitaine Group’s, Cinquecento, to open to the public on Monday, November 12th.

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

South End development underway

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.

BoMA Restaurant and Bar to open next week

BoMa Restaurant and BarBoMA restaurant + bar

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.

BoMa South End

BoMA Restaurant features a bar area that can seat 24 comfortably overlooking Boston’s 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 in the South End

BoMA Restaurant includes cozy dining nooks where patrons can quietly dine

BoMA Restaurant and Bar is located at 1415 Washington Street.

SoWa Open Market finds new home for Food Trucks

The SoWa Open market held each Sunday along Harrison Avenue in the SoWA neighborhood of Boston’s South End continues to grow.

Starting this past weekend the food trucks moved to a vacant building (where the SoWa Open market originally started – by Gaslight).  The food trucks popularity was causing so much congestion near the artisan booths something had to be done and this seems like the perfect solution. Just one block from the artisans, the vintage market and the farmer’s market about a dozen food trucks set up shop.

Did you miss all the good eats? Check it out this Sunday.

SoWa Market Food Truck

The new home for SoWa Open Market Food Trucks

SoWa Open Market

SoWa Food Trucks every Sunday 11-4PM

The growing popularity of the Food Trucks, which come to the South End each Sunday for the SoWa Open Market, have been moved down Harrison Avenue to accommodate the growing interest.

South End Open Studios

The South End Open Studios was this past weekend.  The two-day event which draws thousands to the neighborhood, allows art collectors and enthusiasts to talk to local artists and visit galleries; all told – more than 200 studios and galleries are open.  In addition, artisans and specialty stores which comprise much of the retail space in the South End’s SoWa district (South of Washington) participated in the event this September.

Weather was perfect for this weekend’s art walk which included painters, sculptors, and designers who make jewelry, clothing, furnishings and more. Below are a few photos from a small number of the participating galleries and artists.

Bobby’s Vintage Clothing on Thayer StreetBobby's South End

SoWa has more than 200 active studios and art galleries
South End Open Studios

The caliber and variety of artwork is amazingSouth End Open StudiosNathalie Miebach

South End Open Studios

Is Boston Chops hiring

Yesterday, Eater Boston wrote a post entitled, Upcoming South End Restaurant to Focus on “The Cow”.  The post comments on a job posting on Craigslist looking for “Chef de cuisine, Executive Sous, Chef & Sous chef” who have “a strong understanding of the cow”.

Eater Boston’s article wonders out loud which of the new South End restaurants might be hiring for these positions, naming Estelle’s, BoMa , and Cinquecento.  However, my money is on Brian Piccini’s latest endeavor, Boston Chops, which is targeting a late November opening (pending construction).