Update: Chris Coombs, Brian Piccini to Open New Location of Boston Chops in Downtown Crossing
[Ed note: This article was updated on August 8 to reflect confirmation of what will be going into the former Mantra space.]
A few months ago, we reported that the duo behind three popular Boston restaurants planned to further expand in the city, and now we know where their next dining spot will be.
According to a source, Chris Coombs and Brian Piccini of the Boston Urban Hospitality restaurant group (Boston Chops, dbar, Deuxave) are planning to open a new restaurant in Downtown Crossing, leasing the Temple Place storefront where the French-Indian fusion restaurant Mantra had been until closing in the spring of 2012. A source within the restaurant group has confirmed this with us, though no specifics on the upcoming dining spot have been given as of yet, nor is it known when it might open.
Boston Chops can be found on Washington Street in Boston's South End, while dbar is on Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester and Deuxave is on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay.
The address for this upcoming restaurant from Chris Coombs, Brian Piccini, and their team is 52 Temple Place, Boston, MA, 02111.
[August 8 update: Boston Magazine is reporting that a second location of Boston Chops will be going into the former Mantra space, with Chris Coombs indicating that the new location will be totally different in design and layout from the South End restaurant, though the concept will be the same.]
[April 13, 2017 update: A Facebook post from Brian Piccini shows that the Downtown Crossing space that Boston Chops is taking over has been gutted, and a source says that construction is moving fast--though there is no specific opening date as of yet.]
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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]