Confirmed: Mario Batali's Eataly Will Open at the Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay
[Ed note: This article was updated on May 12 to reflect confirmation of the project taking place.]
Two years ago, we reported that a celebrity chef might bring a location of his popular Manhattan emporium to Boston, and this winter we confirmed this, though its exact location was unknown at the time. Now we have just learned where the store will be, if all goes as planned.
The Boston Globe is reporting that Mario Batali and his business partners are close to signing a deal to open Eataly within the Prudential Center in the city's Back Bay neighborhood, with the Italian marketplace apparently going into the space where the food court has been. The article says that Eataly Boston would have 45,000 square feet of space and would be on three floors, with everything from pasta to olive oil, produce, meats, cheeses, and much more, along with at least six dining spots (a brewery with a retractable ceiling and patio and a rooftop grill are apparently in the works).
If the deal is finalized and everything goes as planned (the Globe says the plans could still change), Eataly Boston could be open in the middle to latter part of 2016.
[May 12 update: According to an article from BostInno, the lease for Eataly was signed on May 8 and the project is now moving ahead; construction is expected to start in June, with the place hoping to open at the Pru in the latter part of 2016.]
Mario Batali recently opened Babbo Pizzeria at Boston's Fan Pier as well.
The website for Eataly can be found at http://www.eataly.com/
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