Monday, January 09, 2012

Mare in the North End Has Closed; Mare Oyster Bar to Replace It

An organic seafood restaurant in Boston's North End has shut its doors, and the folks behind the spot will soon be opening a new eatery within the space, with this one focusing on oysters.

According to their website, Mare on Richmond Street is closed, and a note on their home page mentions that they are getting ready to open an all-new restaurant called Mare Oyster Bar. It appears that the new spot will open sometime in February.

[January 10 update: An email sent to us from 451 Marketing indicates that Mare Oyster Bar will continue to offer the original Mare menu, though the main focus of the restaurant will be on oysters, with six to eight varieties from farms located in the Northeast (mostly in Massachusetts and Maine to start, with more sources on the way as the summer approaches). The new menu will also include shrimp dishes, Alaskan king crab, an octopus salad, a selection of raw fish, and a hot or cold lobster roll served in a house-made brioche roll. In addition, the beer list will expand significantly to focus mostly on local brews.]

[February 7 update: According to Grub Street Boston, Mare Oyster Bar will open its doors on Friday (February 10). In addition, Grub Street mentions that a burger dish will be included on the menu at Mare.]

Mare first opened in 2005, featuring such dishes as tuna tartare, steamed Wellfleet mussels, grilled baby octopus, crab risotto, frutti di mare, pan-seared halibut, and grilled sea bass. The group behind Mare (which is headed by restaurateur Frank De Pasquale) also runs such places as Bricco on Hanover Street, Trattoria Il Panino on Parmenter Street, and Umbria Prime on Franklin Street.

The address for the new Mare Oyster Bar is: Mare Oyster Bar, 135 Richmond Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

Thanks to a poster on Chowhound for bringing this to our attention.