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.
Eater 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.
Back 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.
No 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.
Last 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 newenglandopenmarkets.com/southend.
A South End restaurant favorite, Aquitaine, on Tremont Street will be closing for renovations starting Sunday, February 21st and will not reopen again until just before their 19th anniversary in May.
While I love Aquitaine and will miss visiting while they are closed, I look forward to the renovations. While Seth Woods and others from the Aquitaine Group have been fairly tight lipped about the details regarding the renovations, one would assume that the kitchen will be updated and the tiny wine bar will likely expand to keep with restaurant design trends. Stay tuned as I’ll be sure to follow up on this project as I learn more.
I’ve been regularly talking to the owners of the soon to open Greek restaurant, Kava Neo Taverna, since construction first caught my eye last fall.
Although the owners remain unsure when they will formally open, the paper has come down from the over-sized windows and you can see what appears to be a casual dining restaurant. From the back of the restaurant you can see a painting of an old Greek man looking out over their rustic dining room. Dark wood floors contrast with the chairs, tables and white walls. Lighting fixtures made of thick rope you might see on the docks of Boston harbor dangle overhead, and a small but comfortable looking bar is tucked in the back of the restaurant.
Kava is currently hiring for all positions so if you’d like to learn more send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image Source: Google Maps
Nordblom Co. wants to add 200,000 square feet of office space to the garage of its 1000 Washington St. building in the South End.
The Boston Herald reported over the weekend that two developers Nordblom Co and Rubenstein Partners submitted a letter of intent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to build a 200,000+ square foot office and lobby addition to the parking garage at 321 Harrison Avenue.
The garage is located at the intersection of Herald Street, next to 1000 Washington Street (former Teradyne Building which is currently leased by state agencies). The new office space would result in the loss of some 60 parking spaces in the approximately 300-space garage, which would serve the new project and 1000 Washington.
You can read the full article here.