Friday, May 19, 2017

Bootleg Special Is Opening in Boston

It looks like a new restaurant is opening in a space near where Boston's South End and Chinatown neighborhoods meet, and its liquor license may be coming from a cafe and pizzeria in Jamaica Plain.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Bootleg Special is planning to open by the corner of Tremont Street and Herald Street (just south of the bridge over the Mass. Pike), with the place moving into the space where DoggieDay Playcenter had been. The listing indicates that Bootleg Special is looking to acquire a beer and wine license from La Rana Rossa, which first opened on Green Street in JP in February of 2016; it is not known what the future might hold for La Rana Rossa, so stay tuned. [Ed note--La Rana Rossa is now closed.]

An earlier post from Universal Hub mentions that Bootleg Special would be an Asian-influenced seafood spot with seating for 80 in the dining area plus room for another 28 outdoors, and it would also have a bar as well.

The address for this new restaurant on the northern edge of the South End is: Bootleg Special, 400 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[January 27, 2018 update: According to a job post within the site, Bootleg Special is planning to open during the first week of February, and it will feature an "urban take" on the traditional style Louisiana Seafood Boil."]

[February 17, 2018 update: An update from Eater Boston states that Bootleg Special has opened.]

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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]