Wednesday, March 15, 2023

DW French Plans to Open in the Former Orfano Space in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

A new restaurant is on its way to Boston, and an award-winning chef is behind it.

According to a post within the jobs section of, DW French is looking to open at an undisclosed location in the Fenway, with the listing mentioning that Douglass Williams (Mida, Apizza) and his team are opening the place. It looks like the upcoming restaurant will be a modern French brasserie that "revolves around presenting the classics of French cuisine," and the beverage program will focus on French wines, cocktails, and spirits. If all goes as planned, DW French could open sometime this spring.

Douglass Williams has gained much recognition over the past few years, including being picked as one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2020.

[March 20 update: A page within the jobs section of confirms what a couple of people within the restaurant have told us, that DW French will be taking over the former Orfano space at 1391 Boylston Street.]

[October 17 update: According to a press release, DW French opens its doors on Thursday, October 19.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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