In the past decade, South Boston has evolved more than most Boston neighborhoods, becoming one of the trendiest places to live and attracting new businesses and development.
Here is a look at how Southie’s waterfront has evolved.
Latest: Celebrity chef Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon, an Asian gastropub, opened on A Street on Feb. 13.
The retail area of the brewery will host a custom growler offering 24 different draft beers.
More than 2,000 people visit the brewery, on Northern Avenue in the Innovation District, each week, said company officials.
Mario Batali, the celebrity restauranteur and television personality, is planning on opening a pizzeria, according to a post on his Twitter account. No details have been released on the exact location, like whether it will be at the Southport or Fort Point area of South Boston.
Pictured: Chefs Ming Tsai (who is also opening a new restaurant in Fort Point) and Batali cooked at a Family Reach Foundation event in New York in September.
The Seaport District boasts an array of corporate offices, restaurants, and residential options. But it doesn’t have entertainment.
The founders of Improv Asylum and the booker of Nick’s Comedy Shop plan to open Laugh Boston, a comedy club, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.
The 6,000-square-foot space will have almost 300 seats and a main stage.
Restaurants with celebrity chefs and gourmet grocers are quickly setting up shop in the Waterfront Boston neighborhood.
The latest influx involves some of the biggest names in Boston’s food scene, from celebrity chef Ming Tsai to veteran restaurateurs Seth Greenberg and Tom Kershaw, with options that range from neighborhood tavern, to French bistro, to gourmet grocer.
Pictured: General Manager Osmar Pauletti talked with customers during a soft opening of 75 on Liberty Wharf.
Just a few years ago, the area now known as Liberty Wharf housed one restaurant, Jimmy’s Harborside. Now, the mixed-use development has five restaurants and offices, ranging from Legal Seafoods to Jerry Remy’s.
The very successful three-building complex is now up for sale, and is expected to get more than $60 million.
State Street is getting $11.5 million in tax cuts to build an 11-story office building on the waterfront.
The building will be located at the Channel Center complex off A Street.
The plan for the $225 million building was officially approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority Tuesday night.
Rosa Mexicano, a high-end, national chain serving gourmet Mexican fare, recently opened its first New England location on the waterfront.
The new establishment, which boasts over 300 seats both indoor and out, has signed a 15-year lease for the space.
Once the part of town that even locals avoided, the Fort Point Channel has seen a transformation over the past ten-years into one of the city’s premier waterways and hottest neighborhoods.
A $5.5 million innovation center is set to open in the Seaport District by early 2013. Its purpose is to fuel entrepreneurship in the area.
Cresset Development, developers of the Liberty Wharf, recently filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for a 200,000 square-foot project on D Street in South Boston across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
The development at 411 D St., designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, would raze the current commercial structures on the property and replace them with two residential structures with retail/commercial space on the ground floor.
The MBTA’s Silver Line saw a jump in ridership last year.
MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis attributed the jump in ridership, especially Saturday ridership, to the increase in development along the waterfront area of South Boston.
At left, the courthouse station on the Silver Line.
At left: New details for the proposed $2 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center include a bustling commercial area around the giant hall.
Liberty Wharf on South Boston’s waterfront was one of the hot spots of the city during the summer. With restaurants that have menus on iPads and views of the harbor, the restaurants remained busy all season.
At left, the bar at Temazcal Tequila Cantina, a gourmet Mexican bistro, is packed on Fridays.
After years of delay, the developer of Pier 4 in Boston’s Seaport District will build a $170 million apartment and retail tower, adding to a burst of development activity that is rapidly transforming the city’s waterfront.
Executives with property owner New England Development of Newton and its partner on the project, Hanover Co. of Houston, said they expect to begin construction next spring on a 21-story tower that would include 357 apartments, retail stores, and an underground parking garage next to the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Food trucks are in operation, including a designated area on the waterfront, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority website.
At left, a food truck downtown. For a complete map, visit the City of Boston website.
The approval of Vertex’s Pharmaceutical Inc.’s Hepatitis C treatment triggers one the biggest real estate deals in Boston’s history and is expected to spur the economic turnaround of the waterfront’s industrial area.
Construction of two buildings totaling more than a million square feet and costing about $800 million is scheduled to be completed in 2013 or 2014.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, a Texas-based restaurant chain, opened at Liberty Wharf in the spring of 2011.
Around 500 guests attended the opening night VIP party for the new steakhouse.
At left, Marina Kibarian of North Reading at the opening.
Legal Sea Foods opened its largest restaurant in Boston. The 20,000-square-foot, 600-seat restaurant at Liberty Wharf, called Legal Harborside, has three distinct dining areas.
The Waterfront was highlighted in a visit with White House officials. The city said that over a span of a year, at least 29 new companies have moved to the Innovation District, which accounted for roughly 1,100 jobs.
Menino walked with Karen Mills of the US Small Business Administration and Andrew Levin, chief executive of Immunetics, during a tour of the waterfront.
The Marine Industrial Park is now looking to include sight-seeing trolleys for the summer months.
The site is near the newly renovated Black Falcon Terminal, and the trolleys would enable cruise customers to get to local tourist sites.
At left, the Carribean Princess cruise ship at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.
South Boston residents have taken a huge interest in the development of the waterfront. Some even took classes to become fluent in the bureaucratic language of city planners.
At left, marked in yellow is a temporary zoning area that gives the community more say in development decisions.
Britta Hiester, a Southie resident, said that “We’ve seen this whole area transform. We used to walk along the harbor when it was just parking lots.’’
Hiester, her husband, and their children picnicked near the ICA.