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Ginger Man tavern pitched for Congress Street

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 6, 2014 02:12 PM

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The location of the proposed restaurant.

The Ginger Man, a tavern with locations on the East Coast and in Texas, could be the newest restaurant to call the Fort Point area home.

On Tuesday Bob Precious, the owner and founder of The Ginger Man, was in front of the Fort Point Neighborhood Association to lay out the details of the eatery planned for 374 Congress St.

This, however, is not the first time the tavern has tried to break into the burgeoning Fort Point restaurant scene. Precious had tried to open up a location on Farnsworth Street nearly two years ago, but according to Precious, the fit wasn’t right.

Now, armed with a new plan and location, Precious hopes his establishment could be the neighborhood’s new favorite place to grab a beer.

“The architecture, the brick, and the history in this area are great,” said Precious, who opened the first Ginger Man in 1985. “We’ve looked at a few areas, but it seems like the Fort Point is the place to be.”

Anticipated to seat close to 200 patrons in the main dining room and on a small patio, the tavern is expected to focus on its beer and lunch-style food.

Although it will not have a full dinner menu, the food will be handmade and seek to compliment the over 70 beers anticipated to be on tap. Close to 250 bottled beers are also expected to be available.

The proposed hours for the restaurant are 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, but David Urbanos, the director of operations for The Ginger Man in New York and Boston, said the bar doesn’t draw a rowdy crowd.

“We’re not into loud music; we’re not into getting people plastered. It’s not a gin mill,” Urbanos said.

Trash will be stored in the building until pick-up, which is expected to take place in the morning seven-days a week.

Although the eatery does not have a liquor license, Precious said they have one under contract.

“We’re just very much looking forward to building and operating a nice bar in your neighborhood,” Precious said.

Although the 10 neighbors in attendance seemed supportive of the venture, a number had suggestions, including limiting the hours of the outside seating and selling late-night food.

“One thing that may be good is keeping the menu open later,” said Sara McCammond, an area resident. “It’s a nice thing to offer late-night food.”

Neighbors, however, were taken aback when Precious suggested that the Boston location would sell to-go six-packs and growlers, like his other restaurants.

It wasn’t so much that residents were outright opposed to the idea, but many didn’t think governing liquor laws would allow such a practice.

The nearby Trillium Brewery Company does sell growlers, but it is not a bar.

Massachusetts Law allows a retail licensee to provide samples to prospective patrons, but the service cannot exceed a quarter ounce, which could complicate Precious’ plan.

Although the establishment still has a number of hoops to jump through before it can open, including a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board February 12, Precious said it could be open as soon as May.

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