Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Continuing Saga of a Restaurant Planned for the Pavilion at Boston's Long Wharf

In early 2010, we reported on a restaurant being proposed for the pavilion area at the tip of Boston's Long Wharf, but resistance from some folks in the North End ultimately led to a Massachusetts Superior Court judge ruling against a license for the dining spot in the spring of 2011. Now it appears that the possibility of a restaurant being built on that parcel of land could get another chance, based on an article in stating that the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have appealed the decision. As a result, the case appears to be heading to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The group behind the original restaurant proposal (Eat Drink Laugh), which was supposed to have been called Doc's Long Wharf, runs several other Boston dining and drinking spots, including the Paramount, The 21st Amendment, the Blarney Stone, and West on Centre.

Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.

[September 28 update: It appears that the Eat Drink Laugh folks are no longer involved with this case, as the Boston Business Journal reports that Michael Conlon (who is one of the founders of Eat Drink Laugh) withdrew from the project at some point after the Superior Court ruling. In addition, we have not been able to find out who might be interested in building a restaurant at the tip of Long Wharf; when we get more information on this, we will post another update.]

[March 18, 2013 update: Universal Hub states the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the tip of Long Wharf isn't a park, which could open the doors for a restaurant to open there. The case now returns to Suffolk Superior Court, where a judge will hear arguments from residents who oppose a dining spot being built at the far end of the wharf.]

[December 26, 2013 update: A new article in indicates that the back-and-forth continues with this issue, with Suffolk Superior Court appearing "to negate much of the BRA win" from March's Supreme Judicial Court ruling this week. This means that for the time being, the possibility of a restaurant opening at the tip of Long Wharf could be in doubt, depending on future rulings.]

[Earlier Articles]
Doc's Long Wharf Appears to Be Coming to the Boston Waterfront
Doc's Long Wharf Might Not Be Opening in Boston After All



Blogger Adam Gaffin said...

The Paramount people finally gave up and transferred their license for the location to their new location in South Boston. If they still want to open in the pavilion, they're going to have to get a new license - and that probably won't be cheap.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Thanks for the update, Adam.

11:12 AM  

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