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Jul 10, 2008 05:49 AM

Bina Boston?

I was walking to work past the intersection of Avery and Washington streets in Downtown Crossing and noticed that a new Italian restaurant/gourmet cheese shop will be opening up this fall. Does anyone know anything about this? Their website doesn't give away too much:

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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  1. Same owners as Lala Rokh and Bin 26.

    1. Confirmed by Zagat Buzz earlier today. Bina Osteria and Alimentari, in or near the new Ritz at 571 Washington.

        1. re: bowmore36

          Now set to open October/November, per the Herald.

        2. One of my friends lives at the Ritz and stopped in this past week and was able to chat with someone who gave her a few details;

          Bina Osteria: Italian themed, seasonal menu. Approximately 120 seats with lots of counter/bar seating. Design by the architecture firm of Office Da, same as Bin 26. Outdoor seating slated for fall of '09. Full liquor license.

          Bina Alimentari: Italian market serving prepared foods. Open in mornings for coffee, etc. Small selection of higher-end spirits and beer for take-away.

          Target opening is mid to late October.

          1. According to an Ad posted yesterday;

            "Executive Chef Brian Konefal comes to Boston from the kitchens of Eleven Madison Park and L'Atelier du Joel Robouchon." Great news.

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            1. re: FrankieSandals

              Well, it could be great news if he came from those kitchens as, say, a sous rather than a commis. Any idea what his prior roles were at those tony places?

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I stopped into Bin 26 last night and got a little more info on Brian Konefal;

                - Masters in Italian Cuisine from the Italian Culinary Institute in Piemonte.
                - Worked at Maddonina del Pescatore in Senigallia, Italy and El Raco' d'en Freixa, Spain.
                - After back and forth from Europe to US, moved back to the states for good and worked under Chef Daniel Humm at the four-star Campton Place in San Francisco for two years.
                - Moved to NYC and worked as Sous with Chef Humm at Eleven Madison Park.
                - Early 2008 worked as the Chef Tournant at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons Hotel New York.

                Sounds like great news for Boston.