area restaurant revamps
Damn, I've been gone a long time now.
Working on a piece about revamping wine lists in conjunction with a menu-concept overhaul. Can any of my old pals (or anyone else) think of relatively recent examples in the Boston area?
I can't attest to whether their wine lists have changed, but Bina has gone through four or five chefs since it opened three years ago, each with a different take on Italian food. Sam's at Louis Boston did a major kitchen overhaul after less than a year, thank goodness. Om in Cambridge has also had a revolving door, with Patricia Yeo currently in (temporary) charge. Jason Bond left Bondir last year after years at the helm of Beacon Hill Bistro; I imagine the new chef has made some changes if not a dramatic overhaul (it's certainly the same concept).
Originally Banq, renamed Ginger Park after Yeo started there, it's actually next door to Union, six blocks or so from Toro, and still vacant after closing a year ago. The rumor I heard was that the Lyons Group was considering buying it, which would mean a more nightclubby space, and unless it partners with a celeb chef, probably pretty dull bar-type food. But it would help the nearby restaurants if it weren't dark.
I imagine that the upstairs condo resident who made life hell for Ginger Park -- they reportedly offered to buy the dude another, more expensive condo in the building higher up, so he wouldn't be offended by the noise, and he refused, likes to complain, I guess -- is still there, and that issue may be deterring potential buyers.