Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Briar Group to Open a New Restaurant (Gather) and Cafe (Brew) at District Hall on the South Boston Waterfront

[Ed note: This article was updated on September 18 and 23 to reflect the addition of new information given, including the fact that this will be two places, not one.]

A new restaurant and a new cafe are coming to an upcoming public innovation center on the South Boston waterfront, and the folks behind them also run a number of other dining and drinking spots in the local area.

The City of Boston website reports that The Briar Group is opening something new at District Hall, which will be located on Northern Avenue in the Seaport District/Innovation District. The one-story building, which is currently under construction and will be "the world's first free-standing public innovation center," will have 12,000 square feet of space, with 3,000 square feet dedicated to a restaurant and test kitchen that will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It appears that the Briar Group is hoping for an opening sometime this fall. (The District Hall building itself is looking to open in mid-June.)

[September 18 and September 23 updates: A post from Eater Boston indicates (via Craigslist) that the new cafe will be called "Brew," and that it will serve breakfast, lunch, and (an early) dinner with beer, wine, and cocktails offered. A newer post from Craigslist also says that a modern American restaurant and bar called "Gather" will be opening adjacent to District Hall, with this also being from the Briar Group.]

[October 15 update: Eater Boston states that Brew is now open.]

[October 15 update #2: Another article from Eater Boston says that Gather opens on Thursday (October 17).]

The Briar Group, which is based in Brighton, operates Solas, The Green Briar, O'Connor's, Anthem, Ned Devine's, City Table, City Bar, and The Harp. Their website is at

The address for this upcoming restaurant and cafe (as well as District Hall) is 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210.

Thanks to The Boston Herald for bringing this to our attention.