Despite persistent rumors that Starbucks was looking at the now vacant Emilio’s Pizza, earlier this week it was confirmed that Boston-based MiniLuxe will be opening their next location in Boston at 536 Tremont Street. According to an article in The Boston Guardian, the local chain is leasing the building space, but when they would open and the duration of the lease were not shared
I am happy this space will not be replaced by another real estate office or bank, because I think it is important that street level commercial space along streets like Tremont should be reserved for businesses that are open at nights as well to avoid having large portions of our city blocks go dark after 5PM.
According to The Boston Guardian, another long-time South End business will close its doors. While vacationing in Brazil I saw this shared on Facebook by a friend and after a bit of digging I found The Guardian’s post on Twitter.
Emilio’s owner did not give a date for when they would close but mentioned a back injury, which prevents him from continuing to work is the cause for closing. Emilio’s has been a neighborhood fixture since it first opened in 1979 and when it closes it will join the Five Seventy Market located two blocks down the street, which closed earlier this year after the owner unexpectedly passed away. It is sad to see successful small businesses close under such circumstances.
The Harrison Albany block will include 650 new residential units
The Harrison / Albany block residential project has been modified according to an article in last week’s The Boston Sun. Developers have indicated they will reduce the number of units from 687 to 650 so they can reduce the height of some of the buildings. They will also slightly decrease the size of the parking garage from 700 to 450 spaces with the ability to increase that number to 650 spaces if stackers are used. The most drastic change is the 575 Albany Street building will now be six stories tall (not ten stories as initially proposed).
The developers have hired traffic engineers to evaluate the impact on the neighborhood. However, if there is a concern about the impact of traffic then I think the answer is to bring more reliable public transportation to the neighborhood; not restricting new developments in a downtown neighborhood where there is already a shortage of housing. These new residential buildings are literally across from I-93 and blocks from I-90, making it ideally situated. It is not the developers or neighborhoods fault the city is failing at providing adequate public transportation to alleviate surface traffic.
You can read more about this large development on the BRA website here and the real estate website Bldup has a lot of information available here.
It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing that the South End and SoWa Open Markets were opening for the season, but the reality is it has been six months and tomorrow, Sunday, October 30th marks the last market of the season. Both markets have continued to thrive and had a stellar year.
South End Open Market and the SOWA Market are separated by 3 blocks and are open from 10 AM – 4PM. Come over to the neighborhood and check them out before they close up for the season.
Area Four first opened as a casual restaurant in Kendall Square in Cambridge in May 2011. Since that time it has remained a popular neighborhood restaurant best known for their pizza and commitment to using locally harvested ingredients. On Friday, October 21st the owners opened a new location in the Troy in Boston’s South End.
I really like the look and layout of the space. The restaurant has a large bar in the back, open kitchen and soaring ceilings. I’m happy to say that the food and service was also very good. The menu is divided into three sections: 10″ PIZZAS which range in price from $13-$20; VEGETABLES (think of them as appetizers or sides) that range from $6-$13; and MEAT & FISH which I found the most confounding in part because these “dinner options” range so wildly in price from a Smoked Trout Salad for $13 to a Whole Fish & Chips for $40.
Brussels Sprouts & Kale $12
I started dinner with the Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad for $12 which included candied hazelnuts, red onion and shaved pecorino and lemon. The shredded vegetables along with the citrus and nuts was delicious and made me think of the summer, but will be a plate I continue to order well into the winter months.
Shown below are the traditional Magherita Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, pecorino and basil – this was light and flavorful; the Shitake Mushroom & Fontina Pizza which had a creamy / earthy taste and was my favorite; followed by the Wellfleet Clam & Bacon Pizza that tasted salty initially from the bacon but finished with a nice kick thanks to the hot peppers.
10″ Margherita Pizza $13
A10″ Shitake Mushroom & Fontina Pizza $17
10″ Wellfleet Clam & Bacon Pizza $18
I predict that Area Four is going to be a popular destination for pizza lovers who live in the neighborhood. The bar is large and inviting and the service on the main dining room floor on the night we were there was efficient and casual. Add this to your list of new restaurants to check out. They have a full bar with cocktails, wines by the bottle and glass as well as a solid beer selection.
Area Four is located at The Troy Boston at 264 East Berkeley Street, Boston and is open 7-days a week for dinner from 5 – 11pm (the bar is open until 2am). You can call ahead for reservations at (857) 317-4805.
Check out this billboard above Mike’s Diner on Washington Street in the South End. It gave me a good laugh and I’m assuming you’ll have a similar reaction.
Childe Hassam Park is located in Boston’s South End at the intersection of Chandler Street and Columbus Ave. The park has been designated as an outdoor space, showcasing the work of Boston’s visual and performing artists.
Later this weekend Friends of Childe Hassam Park will be hosting a fundraiser at The Urban Grape on Sunday, October 16th.
Sergio Mazon poses with artist, Joshua Wilmoth, at the “Play Me I’m Yours” piano that Wilmoth painted and was placed in the Childe Hassam Park (Sept-Oct 2016).