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New Barbara Lynch place in the South End?

MC Slim JB Aug 5, 2006 05:53 PM

Heard a rumor (friend said she saw something in a magazine) about Barbara Lynch opening a new venue near the Butcher Shop on Waltham Street in the South End, something like a produce market/vegetarian-oriented place. So, meat (Butcher Shop), seafood (B&G Oysters), and veggies. I haven't heard a peep about this otherwise. Anyone have any news?

  1. Rubee Aug 5, 2006 06:12 PM

    Just what I have read in Boston magazine - that she's opening "Plum Produce" next to the Butcher Shop, a fruit and vegetable market selling local seasonal produce.

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      MC Slim JB Aug 5, 2006 10:59 PM

      Thanks, with that name I was able to find an item in the Herald: the location is at 106 Waltham, presumably in the space that was an antique shop (that never seemed to be open, anyway).

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      ypeopleeat Aug 6, 2006 12:18 PM

      Having lived in the SE for 20 years I can only hope it will be as good as the old “Tony’s” which was on Shawmut. Great produce plucked and placed in brown paper bags before your eyes at a farmer’s market price.

      1. Joanie Aug 7, 2006 11:51 AM

        I'm envisioning apples for $2.99/lb.

        1. Ernie Diamond Aug 7, 2006 02:19 PM

          Agreed, joanie. Good or bad, this shop will not be farmer's market prices.

          Have to admit, I'm curious to see it, though.

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            Malted Milk Aug 7, 2006 04:07 PM

            I agree...the prices will be through the roof. Gotta pay for rent!

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              DoubleMan Aug 7, 2006 04:28 PM

              I wonder how much better the produce will be than that found at farmers' markets or places like Russo's. If it's going for the local/seasonal route, the only difference will probably be the price.

              So when does this produce shop idea turn into overpriced vegetarian wine bar?

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                cweingarten Aug 7, 2006 07:31 PM

                If it's local produce, she's going to have a hard time paying the rent most of the year. If she's going for seasonal organic, she'll have a tough time beating Whole Food's prices...

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              HeelsSoxHound Aug 7, 2006 09:53 PM

              in my experience, she's never been worried about beating anyone's prices at any of her places. not to detract from the food that generally comes from them, of course, but i wouldn't call her value driven in any sense of the word.

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                Chicky Aug 7, 2006 11:13 PM

                If you want a value, go to the stop and shop. The limited supply of better fruits and veggies in the SE is pretty shocking given the demographic. I'm sure she'll do well in that location. Perhaps I can finally get a tomato worth eating.

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                  Gabatta Aug 8, 2006 12:01 AM

                  It's a long way from Stop & Shop to vastly overpriced (if that is what this ends up being). Try the Copley Sq. farmers market or Whole Foods near the Symphony. Both are in the area, and I am willing to be both have tomatoes of excellent quality which will be cheaper than than "Plum Produce" when it opens.

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                    upton1039 Aug 8, 2006 12:41 AM

                    Living in the South End, it'll be far easier walking to Waltham Street than to Symphony, or depending on the Copley Square market. Something tells me that SE residents are not going to worry about Barbara's prices. They know the quality will be there.

                    1. lissy Aug 11, 2006 06:02 PM

                      Here's a little info on the new place...

                      http://www.bostonchefs.com/news/viewA...

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