Photo courtesy of SELECT Oyster Bar
I don’t typically write about restaurants I’ve yet to visit but my interest is definitely piqued with the recent opening of SELECT Oyster Bar in the Back Bay. I couldn’t be happier to learn that Chef Michael Serpa is using this tiny new space in a Victorian Brownstone on Gloucester Street in the Back Bay to feature local seafood. This all may sound quite similar to one of Boston’s perennial favorite seafood restaurants located in the North End, Neptune Oyster, but that would make sense since Serpa was previously the Executive Chef at Neptune Oyster.
The new restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Sunday with lunch service starting soon. If you’ve been to SELECT already do tell by leaving a comment along with some of your first impressions.
For more information visit their website selectoyster.com.
In case you happened to miss Mayor Walsh announcement earlier this week, the City of Boston is implementing new technology that will allow you to pay for parking without having to run out to feed parking meters if you have the new ParkBoston app.
Parts of the Back Bay will be the first to accept payments by phone with the rest of the city phased in over the coming months following this week’s launch. You can create an account if interested by downloading the app for free from the iPhone App Store and the Google Play Store or by visiting park.boston.gov.
This week’s Temptation Tuesday makes me verklempt.
Past Temptation Tuesday Posts
More restaurant gossip continues to be passed my way but unlike most whispers this is about two well known places outside of the South End. My contacts and connections outside the South End aren’t as strong but the source has proven to be quite reliable in the past so I thought I would pass it along to all you foodies.
Rumors are circling that Via Matta & TICO may close.
One of Boston’s favorite chefs is Michael Schlow. He may be best known for his former restaurant, Radius, which closed last year, but I’ve recently been told two of his restaurants in the Back Bay, Via Matta and TICO, may soon meet a similar fate. I don’t know Michael nor do I have any connections to verify these rumors. However, if true these establishments would be Michael’s second and third restaurant closings in 2014; following the closure of Barrio Cantina earlier this year in the Fenway.
Last week The Boston Globe reported that The Four Seasons will manage a second hotel and residential building that will be built on the Christian Science Plaza campus.
The project will be the city’s tallest residential building at 699 feet tall and will include 180 luxury condos on the top 40 floors and a 200+ room hotel on the first 20 floors.
More details about the plans that also include restaurant space, lounges / bars and a health club are to follow. More here.
Supah model / Tom Brady’s main squeeze, Gisele Bundchen, just posted this photograph of her stepping out from her Back Bay home to play in the snow along Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue Mall on her Instagram account. Even in a blizzard this woman is beautiful.
Tables and chairs are in place at the newly remodeled restaurant, Back Bay Harry’s, located on the Back Bay / South End line, and rumors suggest an opening later next week. For those unfamiliar with the new restaurant opening in the space formerly home to Geoffrey’s, Back Bay Harry’s is a hip, casual restaurant and bar. Harry Collings (Back Bay Harry) has teamed up with local celebrity chef, Jason Santos, the man behind Gargoyles (closed in 2011), Abby Lane and Blue Inc. Together they have worked hard to keep their menu affordable with main plates ranging $18-$22 and offering less expensive options with salads, sandwiches and pizzas; perfect bar fare.
The newly redesigned bar which was moved to the opposite side of the restaurant and runs along Stanhope Street seats approximately 60 both at the bar and in surrounding high tops; all with great views of televisions if you want to watch a game. Look for fun weekend bar food specials, featuring some of Santos’ favorite items as well as a vibrant cocktail menu to sate your thirst while you nibble on snacks and appetizers, that range from $4-$12. You can like Back Bay Harry’s page on Facebook or check back at their website backbayharrys.com to see when they finally open, but as I mentioned previously look for an opening later next week. Back Bay Harry’s is located at 142 Berkeley Street on the South End / Back Bay line.