Thursday, December 08, 2016

Update: Explorateur Plans to Open at Masonic Temple in Downtown Boston

[Ed note: This article was updated on December 13 to reflect new information given, including a name for the place.]

It looks like a brand new dining spot is coming to an historic space in downtown Boston.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting (via a meeting agenda from the Downtown Boston Residents' Association) that Ed Kane of Big Night Entertainment Group is looking to open a French restaurant at the Masonic Temple space where Boylston Street and Tremont Street meet by Boston Common. The article says that Kane's plans are expected to be presented to the residents group on December 12 (no other information on the dining spot has been given as of yet).

The Masonic Temple in downtown Boston is the third oldest grand lodge in the world and the oldest in the western hemisphere, according to an article on the WGBH site, with its roots dating back to the 1700s.

Big Night Entertainment Group is behind such spots as Red Lantern, Empire, and Gem; its website can be found at

Thanks to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting for initially bringing this to our attention.

[December 9 update: According to a source, the new restaurant would be leasing a space within the Masonic Temple, with the building being shared by the restaurant and the Masons (who own the building).]

[December 13 update: A job post within the site indicates that the name of the restaurant coming to the Masonic Temple in downtown Boston will be Explorateur (this has also been confirmed by a source), and that it will be a restaurant, bar, and cafe.]

[January 16, 2017 update: A hearing notice sent by a source indicates that Explorateur is requesting a liquor license to operate at the Masonic Temple, with the hearing being held at Boston's City Hall on January 25. The note also mentions that the license would be coming from Centre Bar in Dorchester; it is not yet known if this means that watering hole may be closing (as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here).]

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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]

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