Hyde Square’s dining scene could get a lot livelier in the coming months. Enthusiastically supporting the area’s restaurant culture, the unanimously approved licensing measures for two eateries during its monthly meeting Tuesday night at .
Boston: 'Sanctuary' City
The people behind plans for a big new restaurant, christened "Sanctuary," aim to open in the new retail space on the Blessed Sacrament campus by the corner of Centre and Creighton. This American-style bistro would serve wine, beer, and some liquor. It would remain open until 1 a.m. on weekends under the committee’s recommendations.
With the new restaurant opening in a brand new retail space, members of the committee saw this restaurant as an opportunity to invigorate a previously empty section of Centre Street and advised the manager, Adam Rutstein, to integrate the community as much as possible.
"We’re setting a precedent for a changing space in that area," said committee chairperson Michael Reiskind, "You should be open to all parts of the neighborhood."
It's a key property that will immediately become one of the neighborhood's largest restaurants. Plans call for 12 to 20 seats on the seasonal patio and 80 seats in the dining room and bar.
Rutstein assured the committee that his new eatery would fully embrace the neighborhood. He said that he wants to feature a bilingual menu and employ local residents.
He'd previously told the JP Gazette the menu would continue the "church" theme, with sections titled:
- "In the Beginning" (for appetizers)
- "Creations" (specials)
- "Temptations" (desserts)
Tapas, Books, Vinyl and Sangria
The committee also gave the green light to and patio seating at . According to co-owner David Doyle, these changes would allow his combination tapas restaurant and book/music store to better serve the community.
With these licensing changes clients could regularly enjoy a glass of sangria while listening to a local singer-songwriter. The committee also approved an extra ten seats for the patio overlooking Centre Street, as well.
"Tres Gatos is a good example of a restaurant that’s contributed a lot to the neighborhood," said Hyde Square resident Curtis Glavin in support of the licensing measures.
Both restaurants must still go before the City’s licensing board before their new licenses are officially approved. Rutstein expects to open Sanctuary by Oct. 1.