Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Plans for The Painted Burro to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing Have Apparently Fallen Through

In the winter of 2013, we reported that the owner of a couple of restaurants in Somerville was going to be opening a second location of one of the eateries in the heart of downtown Boston. Now we have learned that this will apparently not be happening after all--at least not at the planned location.

According to multiple sources, plans for The Painted Burro to open at 35 Temple Place in Downtown Crossing have fallen through, with one of those sources (the Facebook page of The REAL Downtown Crossing, via a post) saying that it looks "dead in the water right now." A note sent to The Painted Burro last week has gone unanswered, and the Facebook page for the proposed restaurant mentions nothing about the place not opening, though the page has not been updated since April. It is not yet known whether another space in Boston (or elsewhere) is being looked at for The Painted Burro; if we hear anything, we will post an update here.

[December 11 update: A Licensing Board page within the City of Boston website indicates that a hearing will take place next week on the non-use of the license for The Painted Burro in Downtown Crossing, which never ended up opening.]

Joe Cassinelli is the owner of both the original Painted Burro and Pizzeria Posto in Somerville's Davis Square, and he is also behind the new Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar, which moves into the old Rosebud Diner space in the square.

[Earlier Article]
The Painted Burro to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing