Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy's Bar and Kitchen Is Opening in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

In November, we wrote about a rumor going around that a well-known Boston chef may be looking to open some kind of a restaurant or diner somewhere in the Fenway section of the city (see article below). Well, this is no longer a rumor, as Grub Street Boston is now reporting that Michael Schlow is indeed opening a new spot in the Fenway neighborhood (in the former Burton's Grill space on Boylston Street), and it will be called Happy's Bar & Kitchen.

While there aren't too many details on Happy's Bar & Kitchen at this point in time, Grub Street does mention that Schlow (who is known for such restaurants as Tico, Radius, Via Matta, and Alta Strada) is looking at the new eatery being a "modern rock 'n' roll diner" with comfort food, including "cutting-edge American fare."

Expect an April opening for the restaurant.

[January 4 update: A more recent article from Grub Street Boston indicates that Happy's Bar & Kitchen will not be a true diner, but more of a "casual but urban" restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The 175-seat eatery will offer such items as New York bagels with lox and cream cheese, homemade pastrami sandwiches, burgers, "adult milkshakes," and matzoh ball soup, and the place might also have live entertainment.]

[February 20 update: Happy's Bar & Kitchen is one step closer to opening, as the EveryBlock Boston site mentioned on February 17 that a business license has been issued for the place.]

[April 30 update: It looks like Happy's Bar & Kitchen is on the verge of opening to the public, as the restaurant had a soft opening over the weekend.]

[May 1 update: The Thrillist site reports that Happy's Bar & Kitchen is going to be opening tomorrow (Wednesday, May 2).]

The address for this new spot in the Fenway is: Happy's Bar & Kitchen, 1363 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

Thanks to Eater Boston and food writer MC Slim JB for bringing this story to our attention.

[Earlier article from Boston Restaurant Talk]
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