112 Shawmut Avenue in the South End

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Rendering of 112 Shawmut Avenue in the South End

A significant amount of new development in recent years has taken place in the northeast corner of the South End along Harrison Avenue and Albany Street, but a new development under review just a few blocks away along Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue show developers are now eyeing properties overlooking the sunken interstate, I-90 / Mass Pike, with interest.

Last month I wrote about new office space being proposed that would redesign and build on top of a 3-story parking garage at 321 Harrison Avenue. Last Wednesday a building one block further west at 112 Shawmut Avenue held a public meeting to discuss plans to dramatically change an existing six-story building and demolish a neighboring 3-story building to create a 13-story building that would include more than 150 residential units. Below is a photo of what the building currently looks like. Boston, South End real estate

More details about the project as well as an opportunity to submit comments is available online here, 112 Shawmut Avenue Project Description.

Check out the Living Gay Brisbane blog

gay blogRecently I stumbled upon the Living Gay Brisbane blog. I can’t tell you too much about the writer who as near as I can tell has remained anonymous but describes himself as a 20-something millennial who insists he is not a cliche. From reading a few of his posts, I can tell you this 20-something, who calls Brisbane, Australia home, is quite funny.

living gay brisbaneHis posts tend to be fairly brief and easy to read, injected with humorous observations like this fairly recent post, My first time… Getting waxed.

If you like what you read, perhaps you’ll consider subscribing to his blog or you can check it out as you like from my blogroll where I’ve recently added this blog to make it easier for me to stay up to date and follow.

Living Gay Brisbane

Temptation Tuesday

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I may have previously posted this photo but when my friend @justgngr emailed it to me suggesting it for a future Temptation Tuesday post, I felt that it was worth sharing all over again. Share the post if you happen to agree.

Past Temptation Tuesday Posts

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub of Boston (QUICK)

QUICK ‘Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub’ brings together climbers of all levels to meet and hang out on the ropes indoors and out. If you are curious to try rock climbing for the first time or if you’ve been doing this for years, you’ll want to check out this group which meets regularly.

QUICK website

Men in kilts

handsome men, sexy men, shirtless menThanks again to my Twitter buddy, @DamienOz for sharing this photo for my weekly Men in Kilts post. I much appreciate the suggested photo.

Previous Men in Kilts Posts

What to do this week: October 16-22

HOCR, Head of the Charles Regatta

The 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta is this Saturday and Sunday

This week there are the usual options during the week including the monthly Boston Gay Men’s Book Club meeting on Monday, Showtune Tuesday and Bear Trivia Night. There are also several local theater companies with new plays, including Central Square Theater’s The Revolutionists (opening Thursday, SpeakEasy Stage production of  The Curiuos Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and The Lyric Stage new show, Souvenir (both of which open this Friday night).

However the biggest event of the week is 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta which will bring more than 11,000 athletes to Boston and Cambridge to race all day Saturday and Sunday along the Charles River.

gay bostonMONDAY – THURSDAY

Boston Gay Men’s Book Club meets on Monday at 7PM at the Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe in Back Bay to discuss this month’s book in Boston

Drag Bingo is every Monday starting at 7PM free to play at Club Cafe in Boston

Showtune Tuesday hosted by VJ Ryan Grow starts at 9PM every Tuesday at dbar in Dorchester

Karaoke Night starts at 10PM every Tuesday at Jacques in Boston

Geek Trivia is guaranteed fun and has lots of prizes (trivia starts at 8PM) hosted every Tuesday at Club Cafe in Boston

BLAQ-T Dating for Queer and Trans people of color in Boston is on Wednesday from 7-9PM in DTX Boston

Queer Boston Board Gamers is meeting Thursday from 6-9PM at the Panera Bread at Porter Square in Cambridge

The Revolutionists (Opening Night) Central Square Theater’s latest production from their 2017/2018 season opens Thursday and runs through November 12th

Keshet Cabaret with NYC’s premiere theatrical drag queen (and RuPaul Drag Race contestant) Alexis Michelle at Club Cafe on Thursday 7-9:30PM in Boston

Bear Trivia Night is at 8PM every Thursday at The Alley Bar in DTX Boston

Karaoke Thursdays is every Thursday at Machine with your hosts Rob Botelho and Emphysema Menthol 100s in Boston

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Boyfriends is this Friday at the Milky Way Lounge in JP

THE WEEKEND

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) Pizza night and climbing club at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville

The Curiuos Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Opening Night) The SpeakEasy Stage Company’s latest production from their 2017/2018 season opens on Friday and runs through November 25th

Souvenir (Opening Night) The Lyric Stage Company’s latest production from their 2017/2018 season opens Friday and runs through November 19th

Casual Fridays RuPaul All Stars Cast Reveal Special starts early this Friday at 8PM at The Alley Bar in Boston

Boyfriends is a gay dance night hosted the 3rd Friday of each month at the Milky Way starting at 10PM in Jamaica Plain

Head of the Charles Regatta will bring together 11,000 athletes to race along the Charles River on Saturday and Sunday in Cambridge and Boston

SoWa Open Market SoWa Open Market is now open every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM – 4PM through the end of October in Boston

Grunt is a weekly dance party with no cover for burly men and their admirers, starting at 10PM at the Alley Bar in DTX

Saga Saturdays Boston’s biggest gay dance party at Paradise in Cambridge

Sunday Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 6PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Karaoke at the Alley is every Sunday starting at 8PM in Boston

Pajama Party is a weekly dance party hosted every Sunday starting at 10PM at Machine in Boston

Hot Mess Sundays at Candibar in the Theater District is every Sunday starting at 10PM in Boston

Send me information about your upcoming programs and events in my blog’s comment section or message me the details on Facebook.

BosGuy reviews 224 Boston Street Restaurant

224 Boston Restaurant, Dorchester diningI was sad when I heard that the building housing the popular Dorchester neighborhood restaurant, 224 Boston (a.k.a. 224) was up for sale. I assumed 224, which has been serving meals since the 1980s would close, but rumor has it that the longtime owner, Kevin Tyo, found a buyer who wants to continue with business as usual when they take over the property next month.

Venture out of downtown and enjoy a n’hood gem like 224

Saturday night I decided to head over and grab dinner at 224. Chalk it up to nostalgia. Even though it has been several years since last visiting, everything looks the same, 80s music plays nonstop, unpretentious patrons from the neighborhood crowd this tiny restaurant and small bar. Sitting at the bar I was greeted by a friendly bartender who had no idea how to pronounce an “R”, moments later I heard the woman next to me describe her meal as, “Wicked”. The gentrification of the South End means that wicked is no longer used in the traditional Boston sense like this woman used it to express her satisfaction with her dinner. That combined with the thick Boston accents surrounding me made me realize how much Boston has changed and how much I miss places like 224, which use to be far more common in the South End (anyone remember Pho Republique, Geoffrey’s, Le Gamin, Claremont Cafe, etc…)

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224’s Fork & Knife Caesar is $9 and large enough to share

Prices at 224 remain reasonable with main plates ranging from $19-$24. The full menu is large with plenty of starters, salads, sandwiches and flatbreads (which by the way are even more affordable). I started with a big glass of a California Cabernet and the “Fork and Knife Caesar”, which is topped with fried anchovies  and an anchovy-laden dressing, that I thoroughly enjoyed and devoured despite being large enough to share.

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224’s Prosciutto and Fig Flatbread is $12 and large enough to be a meal

When I was looking over the menu, the friendly bartender told me he really likes the Prosciutto and Fig Flatbread. Since I had been eyeing it, I figured I would try it. I’ll be candid, Stella’s braised short rib and fig flatbread remains my favorite, but 224 serves a satisfying flatbread and at roughly 30% less it shows how affordable dining can be if you venture out of the downtown neighborhoods.

224 is not fine dining and there are similar plates in other restaurants that may be better, like the fig flatbread, but the charm of this place cannot be topped and the comfort food that has been coming out of their kitchen for nearly 40 years impressive. If I lived closer to 224 I would be there several times a week. If you’ve never been or if it has been several years, do yourself a favor and go visit this Dorchester gem. They are open for dinner 7-days a week.

BosGuy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Awesome.

224 Boston Street Restaurant
224 Boston Street (Dorchester)
(508) 265-1217