Coda Restaurant Group looks to open a new restaurant “Baleia” at the Troy Boston in the South End

Earlier this month, the Coda Restaurant Group (which own/manage The Salty Pig and SRV) came before the East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) to share plans to open a new restaurant in the Troy Boston residential building later this year.

However, this isn’t the first time these two men have introduced the idea of opening a new restaurant in this space. Back in February 2022, Jim Cochener of Coda Restaurant Group and Ted Hawkins, General Manager of SRV Boston joined the EBNA to discuss a liquor license request for a new restaurant they wanted to open in the Troy Boston. At that meeting, they described the restaurant as a full-service, “Mediterranean-focused” restaurant and raw bar with ~100 seats inside, a 16-seat bar, and ~20-patio seats on East Berkeley Street.

Although nothing materialized, it appears their plans are back on track. Jim and Ted indicated when they joined the EBNA earlier this month that the restaurant will be called Baleia (a Portuguese word that means whale) and will be open daily for dinner with plans to also offer Sunday Brunch. On the call, the team indicated that they are targeting a late summer / early fall opening.

When Baleia opens, it will join two other restaurants that are just blocks away that also have a menu focused on Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood – Atlantico, and Marseille (scheduled to open in the spring of 2023). Is this the start of a new food trend? I do love seafood and wish the Coda team much luck. As I learn more, I’ll be sure to share it.


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