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New restaurant pitched for West 3rd Street

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 8, 2014 01:53 PM

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The location of the proposed restaurant.

To the delight of many neighbors, West 3rd Street could soon be home to South Boston’s newest restaurant.

John Childs and his business partner Jerry Curtains were in front of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association Tuesday night to pitch Coppersmith, a new restaurant and bar they want to open at 40 West 3rd.

Although a hard date for the restaurant's opening has not been set, Childs said the new eatery could be open as early as April.

The property, a former machine shop, would be renovated for the new use that Childs said aims to be welcoming, warm, and family friendly.

“We’re all about best in class and providing an amenity,” Childs said.

With 30-foot high ceilings and an open dining room, the restaurant would hold close to 250 seats, in addition to an outdoor patio space, Childs said. The project also includes the addition of a 20 car parking lot.

Childs said the eatery aims to provide “farm to table cuisine that’s affordable.”

The restaurant would be approximately 7,000 square feet, with 3,900 square feet dedicated to the main commissary/kitchen.

The indoor space is also expected to incorporate two food trucks, which would supplement the main menu and provide space for cooking competitions and other events.

The roof of the restaurant would hold a rooftop garden, with the vegetables from the garden being used in the restaurant's dishes.

During the day the restaurant would have a more café feel to it, with coffee drinks, prepared meals, and small, less intensive lunchtime dishes.

During the evening the space would be converted into a more traditional restaurant, with table service and full menu. The cuisine is expected to be American comfort food.

The hours of the restaurant have not been determined, but Childs he’s interested in a 2 a.m. closing.

A full liquor license has been purchased, but a common victualler license, which allows the restaurant to serve food, has not yet been obtained.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the majority of the 45 residents in attendance were receptive to the proposal, which could breathe new life into the mostly lifeless block.

“I live in the community, and I think it’s great to see another restaurant, especially one that’s different,” said Skye Schulte.

45 West 3rd St.

The developers behind the 160 unit residential project proposed for 45 West 3rd St., were in front of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association Tuesday night to pitch their plan for the property.

The project by Spaulding and Slye Investments, calls for the construction of a building on the 42,800-square-foot Cliflex Bellows site, which the developers have under an agreement to purchase.

The presentation Tuesday night was purposefully similar to the one shown in December to the St. Vincent’s Lower End Neighborhood Association. The project, however, is located in the West Broadway neighborhood and is separated from St. Vincent’s neighborhood by the South Boston Bypass Road.

Plans call for the construction of a series of connected buildings that could reach upwards of six stories on A Street and five stories on the South Boston Bypass Road. The top floors, however, would be set back to help scale down the building.

The site is by bound by A Street, West 3rd Street, Athens Street, and the South Boston Bypass Road.

Current plans call for 115 parking spaces in a semi-recessed garage, with the entrance on West 3rd Street. Plans also call for significant improvements to the West 3rd Street streetscape including the widening of the sidewalk and the addition of planters and trees.

The building is also proposed to be LEED certified silver.

The unit makeup and if the units will be condos or rentals, has not yet been determined.

“The feedback we’ve gotten so far has already begun to shape this process,” explained Daniel St. Clair, managing director of Spaulding and Slye Investments.

Spaulding and Slye Investments has not filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which will prompt another round of public meetings.

“Right now, we’re really focused on talking with the elected officials and neighborhood groups to get feedback and we have made changes,” said St. Clair.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the project received a warmer welcome than it did when presented in December, but residents still had concerns about density, parking, and the proposed height.

“We still maintain this building is too big,” said Mark McGonagle, chief of staff for City Councilor and now City Council President Bill Linehan. “If this building does not change in height or density, we will not be supporting it.”

Residents also pushed for condos, family sized units, and green additions such as roof top gardens.


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