Developer files plans that would reopen a revamped Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain

Watermark Development wants to restore the iconic pub while adding a new grocery market and condominiums to the neighborhood.

Rendering of Doyle's
Rendering of the new Doyle's. –Scales Architecture

When Doyle’s, a historic Jamaica Plain pub, closed in 2019 after 137 years in operation, longtime fans were devastated by the loss.

Now, a local development company hopes to bring it back to life.

In a new filing with the Boston Planning & Development Agency, Watermark Development, which specializes in renovating residential and commercial properties in Jamaica Plain, detailed the project’s latest plans.

Within the proposed mixed-use development, which covers more than 25,000 square feet at 3478-3484 Washington St., Watermark plans to construct 23 condos and a 5,189-square-foot grocery store, as well as renovate and reopen the storied pub. Part of Doyle’s renovation includes an expanded “Kennedy Room,” a room within the bar that often held community functions and political meetings. The Kennedy Room expansion will include roughly 80 seats, as well as a projector and sound system.

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Watermark has partnered with Brassica Kitchen & Cafe in Forest Hills to run Doyle’s. According to Eater, Brassica chef and owner Jeremy Kean revealed in October that they plan to offer fried chicken, pizza, and “a lot of really fun stuff in between,” with the Brassica name poised to replace “Braddock Cafe” on the old Doyle’s signage.

“I think they’re a perfect fit to try and keep some of the best parts of Doyle’s going,” Lee Goodman, a project manager at Watermark, told Boston.com. “I really like their food and want them to expand in Jamaica Plain.”

Plans for the revamped pub also include the restoration of Doyle’s original walnut bar, as well as a 2,000-square-foot rooftop bar area that will seat up to 80 guests.

“At this point, JP has essentially no outdoor seating areas — something that has become a major issue during the 2020 COVID pandemic,” the plan details. “This outdoor space, including heat lamps for shoulder season, will allow the roof deck to function as an outdoor gathering spot for the neighborhood and city for eight months of the year.”

The grocery market will be located at the corner of Washington and Garland Streets, while the 23 condos will be spread out over two buildings: 16 condos above the market at 1 Gartland St., and seven condos behind Doyle’s at 60 Williams St. Three of the condos will be marked as affordable housing.

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Goodman, who grew up three blocks away from Doyle’s and still resides in Jamaica Plain, said that next steps include a city-sponsored community meeting, followed by approval from the Boston Planning & Development Agency board and the zoning board.

“Hopefully we could do all that during the summer and be able to break ground this fall,” he said. “That’s the goal. It might be more aggressive than is possible, but that’s our hope. Then the expectation is about an 18 month construction timeline, so realistically we’re talking about two years from today, best case, before we could open.”

See you in 2023, Doyle’s.

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