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The Year Ahead – Southie Business Scene

In the past five years, the South Boston business districts has evolved into an exciting landscape of some of the city’s best restaurants, shops, boutiques and workout studios.  2015 promises to continue to with even more new businesses growing in Southie. 

The scoop:

The Daily Squeeze – A healthy new addition to Southie, The Daily Squeeze The Daily will have two locations – one at 709 East Broadway (in the Urban Art Bar – mornings only) and their second location will be at 359 West Broadway.   They’ll be serving up juices, smoothies, cleanses, acai bowls and more.  We hear they are opening any day now!

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar – This new spot is taking over the old Pan Asia and is brought you by the good people who started Lincoln Tavern.  The much anticipated Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar (412 WEst Broadway) is now opened!  This new joint boasts over 25 types of tequila  and has a menu bursting with deliciousness featuring items like fried rock shrimp, tenderloin steak skewers, tuna crude and tacos galore!  Know what else will knock your socks off – Loco’s impressive new decor with its large wooden bar and lighting that creates a little ambiance.  Check out Loco this weekend!  http://locosouthboston.com/

Moonshine 152 – Renovations are currently taking place at the former Franklin Southie spot at 152 Dorchester Ave.  Southie resident and chef Asia Mei will be offering a street food inspired menu with a fun and relaxed bar atmosphere.  Opening in February.

Bon Me – Local food truck all-star Bon Me has opened up a brick-and-mortar spot in South Boston Fort Point neighborhood at 313 Congress St.  The Vietnamese-inspired menu includes noodle dishes, rice bowls, sandwiches and more.  

Babbo Pizzeria – Babbo Pizzeria will open its doors at Eleven Fan Pier on the South Boston Waterfront in March.  This 8,700 square foot restaurant will serve up wood-fire pizza, pasta, and antipasti.  It will also include a patio and private funtion rooms.  Batali is a cookbook author, and co-host of ABC’s The Chew.  He also owns over 20 restaurants including the flagship Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York and Otto Enoteca Pizzerias in New York.  Batali joins the bandwagon of celebrity chefs with restaurants in South Boston including Southie’s own Barbara Lynch and Ming Tsai of Blue Dragon.

Committee –  The good people that brought you Cafeteria and Bijou will be opening a new spot on Fan Pier this winter.  Committee will feature Mediterranean small plates and fun cocktails.   50 Northern Ave.

Coppersmith – the much anticipated restaurant Coppersmith is slowly but surely moving forward with renovations at 40 West Third Street and hopes to open by spring 2015.  This future hot spot will feature farm-to-table, an outdoor patio, a rooftop garden, and food trucks.

Molly Moo’s – A very welcomed addition to the L Street neighborhood, Molly Moo’s will feature homemade ice cream, coffee and more.  According to their Facebook page, Molly Moo’s  status update on January 2nd and reads: New location is coming along great. Stay tuned for updates and pictures of our progress coming very soon!!  Molly Moo’s will be located at L and East Second.

6th Gear – the old Wolfie’s/Sauce at the corner of L and East Fourth will be opening soon.  6th Gear will feature classic comfort food, a 10 seat bar with a 1am close.  

Rock Spot Climbing – Try something new!  Set to open any day now, Rock Spot Climbing will open its new digs at 30 Old Colony Ave in Southie.  Whether you want to add some adventure to your winter or want a new way to stay in shape, this indoor rock climbing gym offers state-of-art equipment, kids classes, and more.  

Lifted Fitness – Lifted Fitness is a training facility opening next month at 803 Summer Street next to the FedEx building. They are building off of their current personal training service in the North End. Personal training will be offered as well as group fitness classes that combine strength training and high intensity cardio, utilizing free weights, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, suspension trainers, drive sleds and more to burn fat, strengthen and tone muscle, and boost metabolism. Classes are limited to 15 people to allow for more personal attention within the motivating, team environment. All trainers hold bachelor’s degrees in exercise science.  http://www.liftedboston.com/

Odds and ends:

  • The mystery of what is going in at L and Broadway continues into 2015.  The construction is almost done but no word yet on what business will take that coveted spot.  Rumors have circulated from Starbucks to Hooters.
  • Fromage – a new gourmet cheese shop and deli –  has been threatening to open for well over a year now with a “Coming Soon” poster hanging in its window.  No new news as to when it will actually open.  UPDATE: New sign reads: Opening in February!
  • The Patriot (the former Black Thorn) is transferring its liquor license to a potential new restaurant called Worden Hall  at 22 West Broadway.   No word yet on if The Patriot will be closing or when Worden Hall will be opening.  
  • Bailey’s Coffee shop on L Street closed.  No word yet as to what is going in that spot.
  • A new Italian restaurant is under agreement to go into the old Dollar City on West Broadway near Lincoln.  
  • Legendary luxury retailer Louis Boston will close in July.
  • C2 Pilates/Beat Barre is expanding its studio and should be open by February.  New classes will include BollyX and Ascent Pole. 
  • Stadium on Old Colony Ave is closing.  No word what will replace that giant space!
  • The gas station at L and East Fourth (next to Tasty Burger) is getting an upgrade and will reopen as a new and improved gas station complete with convenience store and Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Did we miss anything?  Let us know – shoot us an email at maureendahill@gmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

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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.

Comments

  1. Jon Ramos says

    I spoke with the owner of Fromage last week. Some fire department issues that delayed him several months ago, and more recently some issues with his point of sale software, he has **assured** me that he plans to open on February 1st.  Lets cross our fingers that remains true.

  2. Charlie says

    Just walked by and peeked in. A bunch of people sitting around a big table. .probably taste testing menu items.
  3. sam says

    is there anyword what is happening at those 4 vaccant lots at D street adjacent west broadway – what used to be golden house? it's been empty for awhile

  4. Ellie Ramsey says

    They certainly can use a Super Market on Dorchester Street, also on West Broadway.

    It is hard for many people to get to the Stop & Shop on East Broadway. 

  5. Anonymous says

    Stadium is being torn down and replaced with Lux condos.  Almost the entire area is going the same way.  

  6. Jared says

    i have been training with the guys at lifted for over a year and I love it! They are passionate and knowledgeable and motivate me to reach goals I never thought I could. I can't wait for this new location to open!