New Café Set for Washington St.

Developers say the 49-seat restaurant will be a “morning business and a night business.”

In the vacant lots of Washington Street in Forest Hills there’s typically vehicle traffic and little else. Though, alongside the addition of the Harvest Co-Op, a new café will soon fill out the space.

Kevin Walker, president of WCI Corp., presented plans to build a 49-seat café at 3840 Washington St., which is now a lot south of the Forest Hills T station, at a meeting of the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association Wednesday afternoon.

BAPA member Jeffrey Ferris, owner of Ferris Wheels bike shop, said the area is a particularly difficult place to open a restaurant.

“You don’t have the benefit of being near a residential neighborhood,” he said.

Walker called the café a “morning business and a night business,” adding that he expects it will primarily draw coffee-drinkers and afternoon commuters looking for a bite for dinner.

“This will be successful,” Walker said.

Walker said he expects the sandwich restaurant, which may be called “Simpli Café,” will open at 5:30 a.m. every day and will have a liquor license.

WCI Corp. also developed the adjacent Arboretum Place, which has been a success, Walker said.

Jane Helms November 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Forest Hills is coming up in the world! A lot of people pass through that T station every day. Crowds of people who are walking to Forest Hills T wait on the nearby street corners for the light to change. I think Forest Hills needs this development and that commuters and residents will be happy to take advantage of it.
Jess in JP November 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
There is most certainly a residential neighborhood nearby - Hyde park ave and the Forest Hills and Bourne area are right across the way. I love having Fazenda close by, and this spot will be another interesting choice within a few minutes' walk. I look forward to it!
RICHARD Heath November 15, 2012 at 04:57 PM
RICHARD HEATH 42 Bourne st I'm excited about this new cafe! It will bring more life to this end of the Square together with Harvest ! This part of Forest Hills hasn't had a business of any kind in over a century. I might add that there Is a neighborhood nearby called Archdale Homes of which Jeff Ferris apparently is unaware .And by the way what business does Jeff Ferris have in pontificating about Forest Hills where he neither lives nor works.??
Maura November 16, 2012 at 04:14 AM
What is Arboretum Place? It is referenced in the article.
frankly mr.shankly December 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
sigh - Mr. Ferris... I bike up that way every single day - I often make a pit-stop at fiore (2 or 3 times a week), but I'd really like another option for a place to grab a coffee on my way in to work that's a little closer to home. yeah - there's mike's donuts, but that's not a place you'd stop and sit for 10 minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee (nor would I want to park my bike there). Harvest opened this past week - I've already been there twice, btw... by bicycle!
Liam Sullivan December 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
This is great for the neighborhood and I look forward to more businesses and residential development in the immediate Forest Hills Station area. The cafe is a little out of the way from the others side of the tracks by way of Ukraine Way but maybe this will encourage construction of a pedestrian/bike bridge from the end of Walk Hill St. to Washington St. I understand that Mr. Ferris really likes bridges so maybe he could put his weight behind that effort.


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