Boston is in for another — double — dose of Flavortown.
A pair of restaurants from Guy Fieri, the celebrity chef and Emmy Award-winning host, will open downtown this summer. The concepts will replace Explorateur, the expansive European-style cafe, restaurant, and bar in the former Grand Masonic Lodge at 186 Tremont St.
Explorateur will close its doors for good today to allow for “a complete renovation,” according to a press release.
Guy Fieri’s Boston Kitchen + Bar and Chicken Guy! will mark the second and third collaborations between Big Night (which also owns Explorateur) and Fieri in Boston. Big Night Live featuring Studio B and Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina opened at the Hub on Causeway last year.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Guy Fieri’s Boston Kitchen + Bar will offer “Fieri’s signature cuisine of robust, bold-flavored dishes and over-the-top culinary creations,” according to the release. The menu will include burgers, wings, small bites, a selection of craft beers and signature cocktails, and shareable food items with “classic New England influences.”
Fieri has multiple locations of the Kitchen + Bar concept worldwide, including restaurants in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cancun, South Africa, and the aforementioned Foxwoods location, which opened in 2019.
The second restaurant moving into the Explorateur space is Chicken Guy!, a fast-casual chain that specializes in chicken tenders. The tenders are paired with a variety of dipping sauces and available grilled or fried in sandwiches, on skewers, or in bowls, and come with sides including Chicken Guy Fries, Mac Daddy Mac ‘n Cheese, fried pickles, and fresh slaw. Fieri has been targeting high-traffic areas for Chicken Guy! locations so far, including football stadiums, malls, and a location at Disney World.
“The people of New England, and specifically Boston, have always been important to the greater food landscape,” Fieri said in the release. “And I’ve been lucky enough to meet a bunch of them through my [Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives] travels and of course, by feedin’ ‘em at Guy’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar and Tequila Cocina. But there’s more cookin’ to be done so I’m stoked to be bringing my Guy’s Kitchen + Bar to Boston as well as Chicken Guy!, servin’ up hand-breaded chicken tenders and 22 scratch made sauces.”
Big Night principal owner Ed Kane paid his respects to Explorateur, and said that every employee would be offered a role somewhere else within the company.
“Explorateur was my baby,” Kane said in the release. “I live 100 yards from the front door, and it was where I started pretty much every day for the last two years. As such I had a great affinity for the employees and clients there. We are excited to say that in keeping with our commitment to being the awarded Best Places to Work that we are offering every single employee a continued place in the Big Night family.”