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Update on construction projects in the South End

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The Girard at 600 Harrison Avenue recently opened in the South End

There has been a lot of construction in Boston’s South End lately with much of the development taking place in a section of the neighborhood referred to as SoWa (South of Washington Street).

Below is a roundup of much of the development activity in the neighborhood.

National DevelopmentAC Hotel South End – 273 Albany Street Construction on this 200-room AC Hotel by Marriott started in February 2016 next to the Ink Block Development. The hotel’s ground floor will host a number of amenities including a bar and lounge area, a fitness center, an indoor pool, conference rooms and more. The six story building is expected (but we will see) to complete construction by the end of this year.

Boston South End Real EstateThe Factory at 46 Wareham – 46 Wareham Street  Construction started on this mixed use building in November 2015. The project will restore the facade of an existing historic industrial building and construct a new addition to create condominiums as well as 30,000+ square feet of office space. Originally scheduled to open in the summer of 2017 the timeline seems ambitious  but progress has clearly been made.

UDR345 Harrison Avenue Construction on the two 14-story residential buildings that comprise this new development in the South End started in March 2016. The development is expected to include 585 residential units, 275 parking spaces, 325 bicycle spaces as well as 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. Located across from the Ink Block Development this is one of several new construction projects that is transforming the neighborhood by converting under-used or vacant space into vibrant residential complexes. 345 Harrison is expected to complete construction by the end of 2018.

New Boston Ventures, South End real estateThe Lucas – 136 Shawmut Avenue Construction on this unique 33-unit residential building repurposes what was a vacant German Catholic church into a modern luxury condominium.  While construction started in October of 2015, no date of completion has been provided, but word on the street is that this will not be finished before the end of this year – possibly early 2018.

South End real estate370-380 Harrison Avenue Construction has yet to begin on this project as plans await approval after some positive initial feedback. It was last January that plans were initially shared which would demolish the Quinzani Bakery and Ho Kong Bean Sprout Co. on the corner of Harrison Avenue and East Berkeley Streets to create a 300,000 square-foot housing and retail project with 180 parking spaces.

Source for construction updates: bldup.com

Coppa’s Goodfella’s Dinner

Coppa Enoteca BostonOn January 24th Coppa hosted their first Goodfellas dinner and yours truly was there for all the fun. The tables were set with red and white checkered tablecloth, empty Chianti bottles with lit candles and the entire staff was decked out in black bow ties and suspenders. The look was a cross between the NYC gangster movies it was inspired by and Disney’s Lady and the Tramp.

The four course fixed price menu featured Italian-American favorites like Calamari, Lasagna, Veal Parmigiana and Cannolis.

South End Boston dining, Chef Ken Oringer happened to be on hand that evening, which was nice to see. I can’t recall the last time I saw him in the kitchen at Coppa and it definitely made the evening feel special. We started by ordering a bottle of Livio Felluga Vertigo Rosso, which is an Italian Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon blend that was recommended to us by our server.

Coppa EnotecaOur first plate was a heaping portion of Anitpasti that was delicious but unfortunately didn’t photograph very well. Fortunately my friend, Deborah’s starter, Scallop Piccata with lemon, capers, butter and white wine sauce was beautifully plated and absolutely delicious. We used the bread at the table to clean the plate before our server removed it.

Shrimp ScampiFor my Primi plate I ordered the Shrimp Scampi with sauteed garlic, EVOO, crushed red pepper, done “classic style”. This plate turned out to be one of my favorites of the night. The shrimp was cooked to perfection, picking up the flavors of the garlic and finishing with a nice kick thanks to the red pepper.

Rigatoni alla VodkaDeborah’s choice was equally as delicious and in my opinion our Primi plates were the best part of the dinner. Above is the homemade Rigatoni alla Vodka she ordered. I feel like the photo above does not do this plate justice. It was both delicious and a surprisingly large portion. However, that did not stop the both of us from cleaning the plate so by the time our waiter came to take it away it looked so clean he could practically see his reflection.

Beef Braciole

Beef Braciole is an Italian dish that consists of very thin slices of meat that are pan-fried in their own juice with a bit of olive oil and wrapped usually with bread crumbs and cheese. Coppa also stuffed the short rib with sausage which I think made the plate too heavy and while it was good – it didn’t live up to the previous course. It was simply too heavy, despite the tempting flavors.

CannoliWe both opted to end our dinner with a ricotta and mascarpone and chocolate chip cannoli. As with the previous plate, it was good but in my opinion the best cannolis in Boston are from the North End’s Modern Pastry Shop and everyone else is a distant second. Mind you, that didn’t stop me from eating every last bite.

Despite the fact that some of the plates were not necessarily my favorite I would very happily go back to Coppa’s next Goodfella’s night, and I would suggest you do the same if you are a fan of Italian American cuisine.

BosGuy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Awesome.ratings-awesome

Coppa Enoteca
253 Shawmut Avenue, Boston MA 02118
617.391.0902

Frenchie in South End opens Tuesday

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Source: Frenchie Facebook page

Frenchie, a new bistro will open on Tuesday, January 24th in the South End. Located in the space formerly known as Kitchen at 560 Tremont Street, Frenchie is a casual wine bar that will be open daily for lunch and dinner and serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday from Sandrine Rossi and Loic Le Garrec from Petit Robert Bistro. For more information you can like their page on Facebook.

MiniLuxe to move into Emilio’s Pizza space in South End

miniluxeDespite 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.

Emilio’s Pizza & Sub shop closing

emilios-pizza-and-subAccording 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.

Harrison Albany block reduces number of residences to 650

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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.

Sunday is the last South End / SOWA market of the season

South End and SOWA Open Market Map 2It 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.