Hojoko Is Opening in The Verb Hotel in Boston's Fenway
A highly-anticipated Japanese Tavern is on the verge of opening in Boston, and it is located in a quirky boutique hotel that took over a landmark space in the Fenway.
According to several sources, Hojoko soft-opened over the past few days within The Verb Hotel on Boylston Street, with the grand opening apparently being very close to happening (earlier reports had it possibly opening in late July). Once it officially opens, expect a "funky and fun" restaurant and bar that will offer Japanese pub fare, with Tim and Nancy Cushman of the award-winning O Ya in Boston's Leather District being behind the place.
[August 4 update: The Boston Globe is reporting that Hojoko is planning to officially open its doors for dinner Thursday evening.]
The Verb Hotel opened last August, moving into the space where the former Howard Johnson Inn (originally called the Fenway Motor Hotel) had been for more than 50 years, with the place also housing the Hong Kong Cafe and the Tiki Hideaway, which are also gone now. The Verb has been described as an "edgy" and "irreverent" spot that pays homage to the local music scene, and a post from Vanyaland indicates that the iconic city skyline stage backdrop from the recently-closed T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge has now taken up residence at Hojoko.
The address for Hojoko (and The Verb Hotel) is 1271 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215.
The Verb Hotel and Hojoko Restaurant to Open in the Former Howard Johnson Space in Boston's Fenway
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