Friday, June 26, 2015 (updated )
Thus far in the first half of 2015, a huge number of restaurants have opened (and closed) in the Boston area, with many more openings on the way. And it looks like several particularly big openings are slated for this summer in the city and beyond, with five such spots listed below.
1) Banyan, Boston (South End)
When the iconic Hamersley's Bistro closed last fall, there were immediate rumblings that another restaurant would move into the South End space. It was soon learned that the group behind The Gallows and Blackbird Doughnuts would be teaming up with the person behind the now-closed East by Northeast in Cambridge to open a contemporary Asian spot called Banyan. Look for it to open in early July. [Update: Now open.]
Address: 553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02116.
2) Villa Mexico, Boston
Back in 2013, a beloved Mexican eatery within a Beacon Hill gas station was forced to close to make way for new development, and ever since, owner Julie King and her daughter Bessie have been looking for a new space in which to open. Finally, after deciding against a number of spots, they have found a space on Water Street in downtown Boston where they will reopen, and at this point in time, it looks like the restaurant could be up and running sometime in July. [Update: Likely not opening until later in the fall.]
Address: 121 Water Street, Boston, MA, 02109.
3) Coppersmith, South Boston
South Boston seems to be changing by the minute these days, though the areas just north of W Broadway remain mostly unchanged, with a mix of residential and industrial blocks that look almost the same as they did decades ago. But a new restaurant called Coppersmith is coming to that part of the neighborhood, and it will feature everything from an outdoor patio to a rooftop garden to space for food trucks to dueling competition kitchens and more. Coppersmith had been hoping to open this month, but it looks like that may not happen. [Update: Now open.]
Address: 40 West 3rd street, South Boston, MA, 02127.
4) Luke's Lobster, Boston (Back Bay)
It may seem strange that a New York-based group of lobster roll spots is expanding into Boston, but there is a New England connection with Luke's Lobsters; owner Luke Holden is a former lobsterman and Maine resident and he buys all of his lobster up in that state. It appears that if all goes as planned, Luke's may open at the Avalon Exeter tower in the Back Bay in mid-July. [Update: Now open.]
Address: 75 Exeter Street, Boston, MA, 02116.
5) Wahlburgers, Boston (Fenway)
The Wahlberg brothers are mighty busy these days, between movies, a TV show, and their restaurants, and Mark, Donnie, and Paul will soon be opening a location of Wahlburgers in the Fenway section of Boston, joining existing locations in Hingham and Lynnfield. The 4,200-square-foot spot, which is a very short walk from Fenway Park, is expected to open in "Q3" of this year, which could mean anytime from July to September. [Update: Now open.]
Address: 132 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA, 02215.
Granted, this list does leave off some other big openings, most notably Hojoko in the Fenway along with a few spots coming to the suburbs of the city. Which soon-to-open restaurants are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the Comments section here.
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