Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Restoration Hardware's Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay Still Not Open; City Issues Warning

Last March, a California-based luxury home furnishings chain opened its doors in the Back Bay of Boston, with part of its plans being to include a restaurant within the store. One year later, the dining spot is still not open, and the city of Boston appears to be losing patience.

Universal Hub is reporting that the Boston Licensing Board is warning Restoration Hardware on Berkeley Street that its liquor license could be taken away if it does not start serving beer and wine soon. Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer stated that the chain misrepresented its plans for the space, saying that the store talked about opening a cafe that would apparently serve small plates or snacks, not a wine bar, which is what Restoration Hardware is looking to add. Howard Wayne, a lawyer who represents the store, explained to the board that it has not been able to get approval for a kitchen and other necessary facilities in order to open the wine bar, and said that Restoration Hardware would sell the license if it was unable to open the bar.

[July 18 update: The Boston Business Journal mentions that the Boston Licensing Board will have a hearing on Tuesday, July 22, looking into the possibility of taking away Restoration Hardware's unused liquor license because it is still not serving beer and wine. (The article also says that the store remains without permits for a kitchen and restrooms for the proposed dining spot.)]

The address for Restoration Hardware is 234 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the chain can be found at

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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