Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Floating Restaurant May Be Coming to the Charlestown Navy Yard

by Marc Hurwitz

Boston may soon be getting a new restaurant that would literally be located on the water.

According to an article from boston.com, the Boston Planning &amp Development Agency and Mayor Marty Walsh have approved of plans to have a temporary floating restaurant set up within a tall ship at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The post mentions that the Navy Yard Hospitality Group would operate the dining spot, which would open this summer and be part of Imagine Boston 2030, a citywide initiative that, for Charlestown, would include free outdoor programming from the USS Constitution Museum, a temporary gathering space for the general public, and the floating restaurant.

The Navy Yard Hospitality Group is behind a few local restaurants, including Pier 6 in Charlestown, ReelHouse in East Boston (and a second location coming to Quincy),  and Mija at Faneuil Hall.

[March 22 update: The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge states that the floating restaurant would be set up on a 245-foot-long ship that would be located at Drydock #2, which is the strip of water near where 1st Avenue meets 5th Street and 6th Street (just north of the USS Constitution).]

[June 19 update: The floating restaurant could be one step closer to opening by next week, as a licensing board hearing page for June 26 shows an amended description of the licensed business (which includes Pier 6) as including the tall ship, which would have a dining room, bar, lounge, and kitchen on the main deck while the upper deck would have three more bars with dining areas.]

[July 5 update: A new article from The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge mentions that a new proposal has been made that would set up the floating restaurant next to Pier 6 rather than at Drydock #2.]

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