(By Cara Bayles for Boston.com)
American Provisions, a small, independent offering both imported cheeses and local, all-natural meats, opened last week in a somewhat unlikely location: East Broadway and I Street.
South Boston has seen its share of changes, with high-end apartments being built near the Broadway T stop. Nearby, the site that was once a hangout for notorious gangster Whitey Bulger is set to be converted into a sushi restaurant
Still, American Provision's location is deeper in the neighborhood, and the owners say it fills a void in the neighborhood.
The three owners—Matt Thayer, Andy Fadous, and Jason Owens—met while working together at the Boston Beer Garden down the street more than 10 years ago.
"We knew that there was a need in the neighborhood," said Thayer, of the shop's high quality selection. "You really can't get this stuff around here."
They signed a lease on Nov. 1 and since have renovated the location, putting in new hardwood floors and building up a counter. Their goal was to open on Dec. 13th, but Thayer says they pushed it back until the 15th, when they were still loading the shelves.
"Around 2 p.m., two customers walked in, and we all looked at each other, and said, 'Well, I guess we're open,'" he said. Thayer and Fadous say the shop did well over the weekend, and next week they plan on stocking more grocery items, like granola and grains.
Owens already owns the Biltmore restaurant in Newton, and recently acquired the Farragut House on P Street.
"There are a lot of newer Southie residents in this area," Thayer said. "But we're trying to appeal to everyone. …There's certainly high-end stuff, but we're trying to make it as affordable as possible."
Thayer added that the store has already received praise from lifelong Southie residents.
"Some guy came in yesterday, and said, 'Thank you. I've been waiting for 10 years for a place like this,' " he said.
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