Category Archives: South End

Peeping Minion spotted in the South End

South EndDid you happen to see the Free Friday Flicks showing of Minions yesterday? It looks like one of these guys is now taking up permanent residence on the second floor of this South End apartment / office on Tremont Street.

Boston Jerkfest and rum tasting in South End

butt, ass, arse, Jamaica, gayBoston Jerkfest South EndThis year Boston JerkFest has expanded and is a 2-day festival that will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology at 41 Berkeley Street in the South End.

The outdoor festival features  Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things spicy and hot as well as a rum and brew tasting on Friday, June 24th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. The event will include live music, unlimited tastings of rum, local craft beer and several Caribbean inspired drinks. Click here to get discounted tickets for Saturday only on

To get tickets for Friday and the Rum & Brew Tasting visit the official event website,


Boston Flower Exchange could become a technology complex

Boston Flower Exchange

Photo Credit: Boston Herald

Last year The Abbey Group purchased the 5.6-acre parcel that has been home to the Boston Flower Exchange. Last week news outlets started reporting that the new owners have plans to build a “dynamic” commercial office building complex targeting new technology businesses that otherwise might seek space in Cambridge’s Kendall Square.

The proposed development would include accessory parking, retail and public space, and possibly residential space.  At its full zoning potential, the development could bring 5,000 to 10,000 jobs to the site.

You can read the full article on the Boston Herald.


14-story residential building proposed in South End

South End real estate, related beal

Rendering of 370-380 Harrison Ave  Source: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The amount of development underway in the northeast corner of the South End is getting ridiculous, but it is also a testament to how desirable this section of town has become.  Earlier today The Boston Globe reported that the developer who purchased the Quinzani Bakery and neighboring Ho-Kong Bean Sprout buildings has proposed to build a 14-story multi-use building with 280 residential units (175 rentals and 105 condos) along with 180 parking spaces.

The developer indicated the ground floor will have commercial space although what sort is not certain and they plan to rework the sidewalk, adding seating and trees to provide shade. Additional on-street parking will also be created although I’m not 100% certain how or where and The Boston Globe article didn’t elaborate.  Stay tuned. I’m sure there will be more details forthcoming.

South End restaurant Kitchen closes

Scott HerrittEater Boston reported today something that has long been rumored in the South End, the imminent closure of Kitchen Restaurant on Tremont Street. According to the article which you can read here  Eater Boston writes:

“Sometimes liquor licenses in Boston are a little tricky,” Herritt told Eater. The four-year-old Kitchen had been operating with the liquor license for F.S. Pops, the previous restaurant in that space, which is losing the license. Herritt said he did not have immediate plans to find an alternative location for Kitchen, and the staff will move to his other restaurants.

This past September Kitchen had revamped their menu to focus on local seafood, but it was hard to tell if the change had helped or hurt the cute restaurant with one of the most desirable street side dining patios in the neighborhood.  One thing that is abundantly clear, without a liquor license there is no way a restaurant in the South End can hope to succeed.

R.I.P. Kitchen

Wine Riot opening in the South End soon

Second GlassBack in January Second Glass, the Boston-based company behind Wine Riot, was surprised by Mayor Walsh who indicated he was opposed to the wine store opening in the former home of Design Within Reach at 519 Tremont Street.

Second Glass took to Twitter to help get support from the neighborhood. I posted a link on my blog to show my support for Second Glass by sharing the link to their petition back on January 6th in my post here. A week later they received the necessary approval from the licensing board after many signed a petition telling Marty Walsh that Wine Riot was welcome in the South End.

second glassNo word when Wine Riot will be opening but it was nice to see the sign at the top of the post go up in the Atelier 505 commercial space.

For more information about Second Glass and Wine Riot link here.

South End Open Market starts May 1

South End Open MarketLast week the South End Open Market released a long list of participating food trucks for their upcoming season which starts in just eight weeks on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Look for the Food Trucks to assemble alongside the Arts and Farmer’s Markets in the Ming’s Market parking lot between Harrison Ave and Washington Street (official address is 375 Harrison Avenue).

If taking the T, the location is easily accessible from the East Berkeley Silver Line stop and just a 5 minute walk from the Orange line Tufts NE Medical Center stop or the Red line Broadway station. For more information about this year’s South End Open Market visit their website