Back Bay Harry's to Move into Former Geoffrey's Space in Boston
[Ed note: This article was edited on June 11 to reflect an apparent name change for the place.]
A couple of months ago, we mentioned that an eclectic restaurant in the Bay Village section of Boston closed its doors, with a new eatery possibly moving into the space. Now we have confirmed that a new spot will indeed be opening there, and a well-known restaurateur is involved with it.
The Boston Herald is reporting that Harry's Food & Drink will open in the former Geoffrey's Cafe space on Berkeley Street, and that Jason Santos (Blue Inc., Abby Lane) may be overseeing the culinary operations of the dining spot. The article says that local interior designer and Food Network/HGTV personality Taniya Nayak will be working on the design of the place, and that partners behind the restaurant include ex-Boston Redevelopment Authority official Harry Collings along with Daniel Moon and restaurant/nightclub owners Felix Paige and William Gateman.
According to the Herald, the new place will be a casual comfort food spot with "a more updated, current version of vintage Hollywood."
Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.
[June 11 update: A photo posted on the Chowhound site indicates that the restaurant will be called Back Bay Harry's, not Harry's Food & Drink, as had been originally thought.]
[August 7 update: Eater Boston mentions (via BosGuy) that Back Bay Harry's plans to open in September.]
[August 23 update: Zagat has confirmed that Jason Santos will indeed be involved with Back Bay Harry's, with a few menu items including Chinese BBQ pork sliders, New England fish chowder, boneless buttermilk fried chicken, squid ink papardelle, meatloaf wellington, and a Philly cheesesteak pizza.]
[October 11 update: Based on a recent check on the OpenTable page, Back Bay Harry's may be opening on Friday, October 18.]
[October 14 update: A Twitter post from @TaniyaNayak confirms that Back Bay Harry's will indeed open to the public this Friday.]
The address for this upcoming restaurant and bar is: Back Bay Harry's, 142 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116.
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