Gather fuels innovation in South Boston

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Gather is a new restaurant on the South Boston waterfront, envisioned by Mayor Menino as the city’s Innovation District. The restaurant is located inside District Hall, a building that serves as a collaborative hub for the community. Gather is fronted by windows, with wood tables and metal chairs and stools. Perforated panels are set into the ceiling at angles, with mismatched bulbs and cords dangling down like vines. At communal tables, friends and colleagues share appetizers and sip pints. As the night wears on, business casual goes home and flannel shirts arrive. A couple is embracing for longer than is considered seemly in public. A guy roams the restaurant moodily, drinking a small glass of whiskey. At the bar, someone is taking apart his cellphone.

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