Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Merrill & Co. Is Opening in Boston's South End

A new restaurant is on its way to the South End of Boston, and it is connected to a popular dining and drinking spot in the city's Downtown Crossing area.

An email sent this week indicates that Merrill & Co. is going to be opening on Appleton Street, moving into the space where 28 Degrees had been until closing in September. The note mentions that the new spot will be a neighborhood restaurant and bar that features New England fare with a focus on local seafood, and it will offer contemporary and traditional cocktails, as well as an array of craft beer.

The folks behind Merrill & Co. also operate jm Curley on Temple Place, a neighborhood restaurant and bar that is also home to a little steakhouse in the back called Bogie's Place. Jason Cheek, who was most recently at Willow Road in New York City (and also worked at the now-closed KO Prime in downtown Boston) will be the Executive Chef of Merrill & Co., while Kevin Mabry of jm Curley and Bogie's Place will be the beverage director.

It appears that the new spot could be open in early 2014, according to the email.

[January 30 update: Eater Boston is reporting (via a Craigslist job post) that Merrill & Co. may be opening in March, with the Craigslist post saying the restaurant will feature "a creative menu focused on small plates of New England seafood" as well as "artisan spirits, 10 rotating draft lines and an exciting offering of Sherry by the glass."]

[March 10, 2014 update: A new post from Eater Boston indicates that Merrill & Co. opens its doors at 5:30 PM this evening.]

The address for this new restaurant and bar in the South End is: Merrill & Co., 1 Appleton Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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