Restaurants

4 food and beverage concepts to open in Fenway-Kenmore in 2023

Renowned restauranteur Garrett Harker will again shape a bustling stretch of Boston.

Bower luxury residential buildings and retail space. Marlo Marketing

It’s welcome news for those still mourning the closures of Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and The Hawthorne: Four new eating and drinking establishments, led by hospitality heavyweight Garrett Harker, will open in early 2023 on Beacon Street in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood.

The ambitious project will take over 20,000 square feet of street-level retail space at Bower, a new mixed-use complex with 312 apartments in two buildings between Kenmore Square and Audubon Circle. Bower’s plaza will also serve as an outdoor seating area that’s open for three seasons of the year.

Harker, who has received regional and national acclaim, most recently has operated Branch Line in Watertown. In 2019 he co-founded Eastern Standard Provisions.

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“From B&G Oysters to Eastern Standard to Row 34, I’ve loved harnessing the transformative power of hospitality to activate neighborhoods,” Harker said in a press release. “While there have been dark clouds in our industry the past two years, I’m as excited as ever to roll up my sleeves and dig in. I’m grateful to the team at Bower for giving me the opportunity to once again be a part of creating an entirely new neighborhood just a short five-minute walk from my home of 15 years.”

Additional details on the four new concepts are under wraps for now.

Mixologist Jackson Cannon, Harker’s longtime collaborator at the Hawthorne, will lead the beverage program. (Disclosure: Cannon also leads Boston.com’s Cocktail Club.) Chef Nemo Bolin will oversee the culinary direction across all four concepts. Bolin, who worked at No. 9 Park, went on to start his restaurant Cook & Brown Public House in Providence, R.I.

Joining Harker as partners are The Green Cities Compnay, Nuveen Real Estate, and Meredith Management.

“We can’t wait to bring Garrett back home to the Kenmore Square/Fenway neighborhood and Greater Boston,” said John Rosenthal, president of Meredith Management. “I’m personally over the moon excited that Garrett is bringing his genuine warmth and hospitality, delicious food, and extraordinary placemaking success to Bower and Fenway Center.”

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The spaces will be designed by Parts and Labor Design, of New York City. Some of their past projects include Maialino Mare, Benno, and The Grey

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