Monday, October 07, 2013

Legal Oysteria to Open in Former Olives Space in Charlestown

[Ed note: This article was updated on January 15, 2014 and then again on March 13, 2014 to reflect new information given about the restaurant replacing Olives.]

After much speculation, it appears that we now know what may be moving into the space in Charlestown that had been occupied by Todd English's Olives restaurant.

A Facebook post from Foodservice East indicates that the owner of Legal Sea Foods will likely open a new dining spot in the City Square space, with the note saying that "there's a 90% chance Roger Berkowitz will do a new Mediterranean concept geared to the neighborhood in the former Olives space." Olives had been closed for a long stretch of time after a grease fire damaged the restaurant in the spring of 2010; it reopened in the spring of 2012 only to close once again this past June.

The Legal Sea Foods chain has a number of locations in and around Boston, along with such offshoots as Legal Test Kitchen and Legal C Bar. Its website can be found at

[January 9, 2014 update: The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting (via a Licensing Board hearing page on the City of Boston website) that the restaurant looking to open in the former Olives space could be a location of Legal C Bar.]

[January 15, 2014 update: A new article from Zagat says that the upcoming dining spot will not actually be a Legal C Bar after all, but a brand new and as-of-yet unnamed concept from Legal's that focuses on Italian-style seafood. Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.]

[March 13, 2014 update: The Boston Globe states that the name of the restaurant coming to the Olives space in Charlestown will be Legal Oysteria, and that it will focus on coastal Italian seafood. The article also says that it plans to open sometime this spring.]

[July 8, 2014 update: A new article from The Boston Globe mentions that Legal Oysteria is expected to open on July 16.]