Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Update: New Restaurant to Open in former Ida's Space in Boston's North End

[Ed note: This article was updated on January 9, 2014 and April 17, 2014 to reflect information given for the new restaurant.]

Yesterday we reported that a restaurant in Boston's North End had closed after being in business for more than 60 years. Now we have learned that the person behind a number of local eating and drinking places is planning to open a new dining spot in the now-vacant space.

According to an article in, Frank DePasquale of DePasquale Ventures has bought the space on Mechanic Street where Ida's had been, and is seeking a transfer of its Malt and Wine License, asking for an addition of Cordials, and proposing an expansion that would include a seasonal patio with 48 seats. No name has been given for the eatery as of yet, and it is not known when it might open, so keep checking back for updates as we get them.

[January 9, 2014 update: A Licensing Board hearing page within the City of Boston website indicates that the name of the new restaurant moving into the former Ida's space will tentatively be Aqua Seafood and Grill. This confirms what Eater Boston had mentioned yesterday, though there is some confusion as to whether the name might be "Aqua" or "Acqua." (It looks like the new eatery could be opening sometime in mid-spring.)]

[April 17, 2014 update: The  Boston Herald states that the new restaurant moving into Ida's space is planning to open sometime in June, though the article says that the dining spot does not have a name, indicating perhaps that Aqua/Acqua Seafood and Grill may have been a working name only.]

Frank DePasquale owns such spots as Bliss, Bricco, Mare, Quattro, Trattoria Il Panino, and Umbria Prime. The DePasquale Ventures website is at

The address for the now-closed Ida's (and the new spot) is 3 Mechanic Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

Thanks to Patrick M. of the Server Not Servant blog for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Ida's Restaurant in the North End of Boston Has Closed