Friday, June 01, 2018

Asian Restaurant, Retail, Condos Could Be Coming to the Former Beachcomber Site in Quincy

by Marc Hurwitz

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 22 to reflect confirmation that a new restaurant is indeed planning to move into the Beachcomber space.]

It looks like an Asian restaurant will be moving into the space where an iconic seaside music club had once been.

According to an article from Wicked Local and The Patriot Ledger, the former Beachcomber property on Wollaston Beach in Quincy has been sold and that the company that bought it (797 Quincy Shore Dr LLC) has three names behind it--Zhong Wen Huang, Jacky An Xie, and Lin Y Xu. It appears that there may be a connection to a few Boston-area dining spots, as a person named Zhong Wen Huang is involved with Fuji Steak House in Needham while a person named Jacky An Xie is involved with Blue Fuji in Bedford and Medford. It is not known what the exact plans are for the Quincy Shore Drive site (no plans have been submitted yet, according to the article), but a source does tell us that an Asian restaurant group is indeed behind the purchase of the space. (As soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.)

The Beachcomber closed in the fall of 2015 after being in business for more than 50 years; the club attracted a number of national and local acts over the years, including Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, the Dropkick Murphys, and Loretta Lynn, with the place changing its name to Nostalgia in the early 1980s before returning to its original name in the late 1990s.

The address for the old Beachcomber site is 797 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA, 02170.

[August 22 update: Wicked Local confirms that a high-end Chinese restaurant is being planned for the former Beachcomber space, as well as additional room for retail and possibly condos as well. The article says that the Beachcomber building is slated to be demolished and that a new structure would replace it, though this won't happen right away, with preliminary plans possibly being submitted to the city as early as next month.]

[October 10 update: A new article from the Patriot Ledger mentions that the new owners of the property plan to tear down the old Beachcomber building and replace it with a structure that includes a small sushi bar on the first floor, the main dining area for the restaurant on the second floor, and two retail spaces on the first floor along with six residential units on the top floor. (A neighborhood meeting detailing the plans is slated to take place on Tuesday, October 16.)]

[January 14, 2020 update: A new article from the Patriot Ledger states that plans for a three-story building at the Beachcomber site have been withdrawn from a state environmental review board until the developers "can fully review and examine all concerns raised," including concerns about flooding in the area that were raised by nearby residents.]

[Earlier Article]
The Beachcomber in Quincy Is Closing

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