Monday, March 05, 2018

Chickadee Is Opening on the Boston Waterfront

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant and/or bar is on its way to the Boston waterfront, and a couple of people who have worked at one of the city's best-known dining spots are behind it.

According to a source, a new spot tentatively called Chickadee is seeking a liquor license from IDB Food and Beverage, LLC, which appears to have a connection to the Innovation and Design Building on Drydock Avenue, and that John DaSilva is the manager listed for the proposed place (and the address given indicates that Chickadee would be in that building). A Bizapedia page mentions that DaSilva and Ted Kilpatrick are behind the place, while sources say that both DaSilva and Kilpatrick are alums of No. 9 Park, a high-end Beacon Hill restaurant that is owned by Barbara Lynch. (DaSilva is also known for his work at Spoke in Somerville's Davis Square.) The hearing is expected to take place on March 14, so stay tuned for more updates.

The address for Chickadee is 21 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210.

[March 9 update: Eater Boston mentions what we have heard from a source within the building, that Chickadee will be a restaurant and bar that's open for lunch and dinner and featuring seasonal dishes made using locally-sourced ingredients while also offering beer, wine, and cocktails.]

[May 25 update: Boston Magazine gives a bit more information on Chickadee, saying that it will have seating for approximately 120, including 30 on a seasonal outdoor patio. The article also quotes Kilpatrick as saying "We're excited to be putting our flagship there," so they may have additional projects on the way, though no specifics have been given.]

[July 23 update: A new article from Boston Magazine indicates that Chickadee opens on Tuesday, July 31, and that it will be a fast-casual spot at lunchtime and more of a restaurant and cocktail bar at night.]

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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]