Monday, April 03, 2017

Ward 8 Owner Opening Bodega Canal in former Grand Canal Space in Boston

A few months ago, we reported that the person behind a North End restaurant and cocktail bar was taking over a nearby mainstay for Italian-American food. Now we have learned that these aren't his only plans.

Eater Boston states (via The Improper Bostonian) that Nick Frattaroli, who owns Ward 8 on N Washington Street, plans to open a Mexican dining spot in the space on Canal Street where The Grand Canal had been until closing last summer. This was announced as Frattaroli is also opening North Square Oyster in the Gennaro's Five North Square space in the North End, with that spot hoping to debut sometime this month [ed note--now open]. Little information has been given on the proposed Mexican restaurant, so stay tuned for details.

The address for the Mexican restaurant planned for the old Grand Canal space is 57 Canal Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

[April 14 update: According to a source, the name of the upcoming Mexican restaurant will be Bodega Canal, and it is looking the acquire the full liquor license of the now-closed Grand Canal.]

[September 28 update: A press release indicates that Bodega Canal plans to open in late October, and that it will have the feel of a "timeworn Mexican mansion" inside while offering "elevated" Mexican food and drink in a space with a capacity of 295 that includes a dining room, three bar areas, and a lounge.]

[November 17 update: According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Bodega Canal is now open.]

[Earlier Articles]
The Grand Canal in Boston Has Closed
Gennaro's Five North Square in Boston's North End Being Sold to Owner of Ward 8

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