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Old 01-08-2019, 07:53 PM   #4361
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Steel, I would be pretty sure. All the big equipment in a brewery is stainless steel.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:52 PM   #4362
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Cultivar is closing after a year and a half. This is sadder, and more jarring (in my opinion) than Durgin Park going. It was really good, and the space was nice. The Statement from the owner: “Due to a series of unforeseen events that have created the perfect storm, it is with a heavy heart we announce that today Cultivar will be closing its doors.”

https://boston.eater.com/2019/1/9/18...on-mary-dumont
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:45 AM   #4363
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Cultivar is closing after a year and a half. This is sadder, and more jarring (in my opinion) than Durgin Park going. It was really good, and the space was nice. The Statement from the owner: “Due to a series of unforeseen events that have created the perfect storm, it is with a heavy heart we announce that today Cultivar will be closing its doors.”

https://boston.eater.com/2019/1/9/18...on-mary-dumont
Yes. It's a shame. The name of the place that Cultivar replaced escapes me at the moment, but that was terrific at the outset too. It had a great aesthetic and good food. The Boston food scene is tough.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:11 AM   #4364
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Yes. It's a shame. The name of the place that Cultivar replaced escapes me at the moment, but that was terrific at the outset too. It had a great aesthetic and good food. The Boston food scene is tough.
I think it was Woodward originally.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:34 PM   #4365
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Cultivar is closing after a year and a half. This is sadder, and more jarring (in my opinion) than Durgin Park going. It was really good, and the space was nice. The Statement from the owner: “Due to a series of unforeseen events that have created the perfect storm, it is with a heavy heart we announce that today Cultivar will be closing its doors.”

https://boston.eater.com/2019/1/9/18...on-mary-dumont
Some thoughts about this failure:

1a.) The landlord, Ames Hotel, has had a lackluster career--at best--since inception. Developed at 2007 costs and opened in the 2009 market. Hilton's takeover a few years back was a flat-out rescue. Such a perennially shaky landlord surely couldn't have helped.

1b.) Woodward at Ames, then King Street Tavern, then Cultivar--3 joints failing in 9 years. See 1a.

2.) Non lunchspot (which is to say, restaurants that don't cater to office workers) thrive in clusters, as best I can judge. Nearby, you've got Faneuil Hall cluster to the north (leaving Durgin Park aside), then the rather large Theater District/Ladder District/Chinatown agglomeration starting around Yvonne's and heading all the way south to Stuart St. area. But Ames was more or less on an island (more on that later).

3.) During the weekends, with exceptions, the surrounding neighborhood is a dead zone. Center Plaza, Government Center--that's a vast Friday night--Sunday night wasteland. That couldn't have helped.

4.) But, you say, Oceanaire has thrived across the street for years? Well, who knows if it has actually thrived. But one thing we do know: it enjoys having a massive "sugar daddy" corporate parent.

5.) In stark contrast, Cultivar was very much indie.

What else? Just some preliminary thoughts there...
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:32 PM   #4366
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Globe: Here’s a look at the Boston-area restaurants
that have closed recently (or will close soon)


https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyl...oVN/story.html
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:43 AM   #4367
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Some restaurants are good enough to be destinations on their own, even in a "dead" spot. And I don't think this spot is "dead" on weekends. It's on the Freedom trail, next to two major transit stops, and it's at the intersection of Washington and State/Court which is fairly busy with pedestrian activity outside of the normal workday. It's almost always been busy when I've been there on the weekend (a few meals, lots of time just for a drink or two). I honestly don't know that Cultivar was quite at the level where it was a destination on its own, but I have a hard time imagining that the lack of foot traffic in the area is what killed it. The quote from the owner, "a series of unforeseen events that have created the perfect storm," seems to indicate that there's more going on as well.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:32 PM   #4368
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Some thoughts about this failure:

1a.) The landlord, Ames Hotel, has had a lackluster career--at best--since inception. Developed at 2007 costs and opened in the 2009 market. Hilton's takeover a few years back was a flat-out rescue. Such a perennially shaky landlord surely couldn't have helped.

1b.) Woodward at Ames, then King Street Tavern, then Cultivar--3 joints failing in 9 years. See 1a.

2.) Non lunchspot (which is to say, restaurants that don't cater to office workers) thrive in clusters, as best I can judge. Nearby, you've got Faneuil Hall cluster to the north (leaving Durgin Park aside), then the rather large Theater District/Ladder District/Chinatown agglomeration starting around Yvonne's and heading all the way south to Stuart St. area. But Ames was more or less on an island (more on that later).

3.) During the weekends, with exceptions, the surrounding neighborhood is a dead zone. Center Plaza, Government Center--that's a vast Friday night--Sunday night wasteland. That couldn't have helped.

4.) But, you say, Oceanaire has thrived across the street for years? Well, who knows if it has actually thrived. But one thing we do know: it enjoys having a massive "sugar daddy" corporate parent.

5.) In stark contrast, Cultivar was very much indie.

What else? Just some preliminary thoughts there...
It's interesting--I work near there and desperately miss Hillside as the place I would go for a fancy, pick me up lunch. Good, dependable food, great service were a given there. Cultivar was the logical successor but the food always struck me as not as good as the price (other than the freshly grown salad, which was great). And overly complex design (like they kept switching designers and just adding random stuff instead of starting over) was off putting.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:30 PM   #4369
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It's interesting--I work near there and desperately miss Hillside as the place I would go for a fancy, pick me up lunch.
I think you must have meant Hillstone? (Which, based on where its location was, makes perfect sense.)
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:21 AM   #4370
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Globe on retail stagnation at Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20...AwJ/story.html
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:28 PM   #4371
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But 3/4 of you all keep saying [retail + eateries] in every other building (going up) like we're Manhattan.... which btw has insane density, rents possibly closer in line with income/s, a balance of retail/eateries and the workforce to fill them. i've had a suspicion retail/dining was at risk in Boston but maybe it's even worse than i'd thought.

Restaurants survive in no small measure by the quantity of liquor they can pour.

It may be time to adjust expectations and consider that Boston might not be so different, that the plight of the suburban retail market + eateries can't happen in the City as well. It's time to consider that, despite a relatively robust shopping for a host of retailers, the economics of Boston might be more precarious for retail than we previously thought.

i'm playing 'catch-up' to the possibility.
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:05 PM   #4372
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Yea I mean all across America thats the case. Denser walkable cities seem to do better than the median, but you may be right idk if we can necessarily support retail in the base of every single new building when the trends are in the other direction literally everywhere else.

Is this a Quincy market thing or a sign of something bigger?
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:39 PM   #4373
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Restaurants survive in no small measure by the quantity of liquor they can pour.

Imagine if Boston had arbitrary rules that increased the costs of this very crucial part of a restaurant's business. It would make it much harder to open and operate a restaurant in Boston vs. the suburbs.

Wait......
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:08 AM   #4374
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I think you must have meant Hillstone? (Which, based on where its location was, makes perfect sense.)
Yep. Hillstone. Always get that wrong.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:11 AM   #4375
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Globe on retail stagnation at Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20...AwJ/story.html
Also, Askenazy has not really been that innovative and hasn't done much to improve the property beyond some signs. To my mind, they've been a real disappointment as an operator. Given the number of people who go through that space everyday it could be amazing.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:54 AM   #4376
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More info on the TimeOut Market / Food Hall coming to the Landmark Center Building, including initial chef line-up:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyl...0NI/story.html
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:08 PM   #4377
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More info on the TimeOut Market / Food Hall coming to the Landmark Center Building, including initial chef line-up:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyl...0NI/story.html
I know not everyone can access the article, and I won't reprint the whole thing, but here's the meat/potatoes:
  • Tim and Nancy Cushman (Hojoko, O Ya) will operate two kitchens focusing on high quality/casual Asian food.
  • Tony Maws (Craigie on Main, Kirkland Tap & Trotter) will focus on his Craigie burger along with special variations of said burger.
  • Michael Schlow (Tico) will do simple Italian ingredients (al dente pasta, marinated veggies).
  • Peter Ungár (Tasting Counter) will focus on creative, locally-sourced dishes.

Pretty good lineup right there.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:14 PM   #4378
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I know not everyone can access the article, and I won't reprint the whole thing, but here's the meat/potatoes:

Tim and Nancy Cushman (Hojoko, O Ya); Tony Maws (Craigie on Main, Kirkland Tap & Trotter); Michael Schlow (Tico); and Peter Ungár (Tasting Counter).

Pretty good lineup right there.
Thanks LR, my bad for not elaborating. For completeness, the article also mentions that Union Square Doughnuts and the South End's Anoush'ella will each have a branch within the market. In all, there will be "15 restaurants, 2 bars, a demo kitchen, and a retail shop" with more of the vendors announced "in the coming months."
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:16 PM   #4379
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Thanks LR, my bad for not elaborating. For completeness, the article also mentions that Union Square Doughnuts and the South End's Anoush'ella will each have a branch within the market. In all, there will be "15 restaurants, 2 bars, a demo kitchen, and a retail shop" with more of the vendors announced "in the coming months."
Yep! I missed those. I'm really excited about this. I wish I worked/lived closer.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:17 PM   #4380
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Not exactly current retail news, but not sure this deserves its own thread yet. The big parking lot on Newbury Street (278 Dartmouth) is up for sale.

http://www.bldup.com/projects/278-dartmouth-street
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