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In the ever changing landscape of South Boston restaurants, there is always something new on the horizon.  Here is an update of openings, closings, hopes, dreams and more when it comes to new restaurants.

L and East Broadway:
Boy, oh boy!  If we had a nickel for every time someone asked us about this space, we’d have a lot of nickels.  Back in May, Starbucks was denied its CV license and now is stuck in restaurant limbo.  An appeal before the City of Boston Licensing Board is in the near future to decide the fate of whether or not the Seattle coffee chain can in fact open in this spot.  Hang tight.

206 West Broadway:
Speaking of Starbucks, a new cafe has been proposed to reside on the ground floor of a new affordable housing building.  The South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation – who is leading the proposed development – is currently talking with the Cranberry Cafe owner Cathe Walsh about leasing that spot.

Grand Ten Distilling:
Raise your glass!  Grand Ten Distilling is proud to announce that Grand Ten Bar is opening this weekend!  Enjoy cocktails directly from the source. Whether classic or modern, they mix you up a perfect cocktail from their line of craft spirits right in the heart of where it’s made!  In addition to cocktails, they also offer small bites, bar snacks, and food trucks on weekends.

The Certified Meatball Company:
Right before our eyes, the worst block in Southie is getting better by the day.  First it was Lincoln, then Loco.  Then Capo joined the block and we learned today that the Certified Meatball Company will take over where the failed Windmill Restaurant resided.  According to Boston Eater, the people behind Wink & NodThe Tap Trailhouse, and Griddler’s Burgers + Dogs will open at 429 West Broadway sometime this summer.  The focus of this new spot will be “globally inspired meatballs” ooooo….we hope they will have Swedish ones!  Know what goes great with meatballs?  Booze!  A liquor license has been secured for this new restaurant. No word yet on how these meatballs will be served i.e. on pasta, in a roll, with a toothpick.

Looks like the Broadway Station area of the neighborhood is getting yet another restaurant.  According to Banker & Tradesman a giant restaurant with seating for 350 in a total of 6,000 square feet of space will be opening in the bottom floor of the new condo/apartment complex at 14 West Broadway.  No word who will be opening the restaurant and when it’s slated to open.  We heard it might be a Cheesecake Factory – just kidding!

Salsa’s is officially gone for good.  But don’t be too sad – the new owner of the building is looking for a new restaurant to fill the space.  He’s currently exploring some bids.  Stay tuned for more!

My Diner has closed but hopes to find another Southie location to reopen.  Our appetites are anxiously waiting.

Republic – at 11 Dorchester Street hopes to be open soon.  Republic will be on the ground level of a 30-unit residential building and will have a full bar, a seasonal open-air atrium with a bar and fire pits.

On the waterfront! A few new spots are opening in the Seaport neighborhood.  Casa de Pedro – is opening in the ground floor of Waterside Apartments (505 Congress Street) and will feature a Venezuelan & Spanish fusion menu  with a lively bar scene.  Casa de Pedro hopes to be open soon.  New York City’s vegan restaurant By Chloe will be opening up another location at 101 Seaport Blvd. this fall.  The healthy menu will consist of salads, vegan burgers, sandwiches, pasta, dairy-free ice cream, cupcakes, cookies, coffee, cold-pressed juices, coffee, and more.  Also, in the seaport, a new bakery and cafe will be opening soon.  Sorelle will feature  a coffee, tea, and breakfast and lunch including pastries, quiche, sandwiches, salads, and more. Yum.  Sorelle also has cafes in Charlestown and Atlantic Wharf.  The new location will be at 100 Northern Ave.

Fort Point! Oak + Rowan will be opening at 319 A Street.  Newburyport chef, Nancy Batista-Caswell – who owns Brine and Ceia will be opening this future hot spot by early fall.  The menu will include crudos, caviar (oooh fancy), and more.   A new spot called City Tap House has acquired a liquor license and hopes to open at 374 Congress Street within the year and will serve brick oven pizza and elevated pub food.

Also in Fort Point, a Texas inspired restaurant called Hill Country Barbecue Market hopes to open by the end of the year.  Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar will reside at 253 Summer Street.   Hopsters, a Newton based brewpub has its eyes on a 6,000 square foot spot for a future location in Fort Point/Seaport District in the Fan Pier area.

According to Boston Eater, these new spots also should be opening in near future in the Seaport: Aceituna Grill, Mastro’s Steakhouse at Twenty Two Liberty, Tony C’s, Tuscan Kitchen and Market, Yo! Sushi! Squeeze Juice, The Social Register, Scorpion Bar and Grand (brought to you by Big Night Entertainment Group behind Empire, Gem, Red Lantern and more), SantoukaShake Shack, and Juice Press.  Phew.  Now we will never have to leave South Boston.

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.


  1. Maureen Murphy says

    and speaking of all the new restaurants, how about FRomage on West Broadway , an alterntaive to the large and loud restaurants! ONe of my favorites.