The Pallotta sisters grew up in the North End near their current restaurant, which will close Saturday. The new Nebo will be at Atlantic Wharf, a mixed residential and office building along Fort Point Channel.
The sisters considered the location at the suggestion of their brother, hedge fund manager James Pallotta, whose office is in the building. They fell in love with the space, which features details such as exposed steel pillars and big windows to the street. The restaurant, with about 150 seats inside and 65 on the patio, will have a view of the Greenway.
“The rapidly growing restaurant scene is a huge factor in the incredible vitality of Fort Point, a neighborhood with lots of cultural history and a vibrant arts community,” said Nicole Fichera, the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s innovation manager.
Restaurants by themselves obviously aren’t enough to grow the neighborhood’s business.
Grocery stores, dry cleaners, even shops selling tchotchkes are needed, said Park. A new store, Bee’s Knees, will fill the gourmet grocery slot. Owner Jason Owens said he was approached by Berkley a year and a half ago, liked the area, and sold his two restaurants to concentrate on Bee’s Knees. The 5,500-square-foot space, scheduled to open this week, will feature a charcuterie station, hundreds of cheeses, a butcher shop, raw bar, chocolate-making on site, an in-house florist, and an open kitchen to make prepared foods.
Owens said he wants his European-style market to contribute to Fort Point’s unique flavor. Being creative in business, he said, is part of “feeling good that you live here.”
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