Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group Is Opening Two Restaurants in Boston

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Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group Is Opening Two Restaurants in Boston

Union Square Hospitality Group, an institution on the New York dining scene responsible for hits like upscale bistro Union Square Cafe and Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant Gramercy Tavern, is expanding into Boston. The Boston Globe reports that the restaurant group founded by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer will open two restaurants in the Seaport in 2025.

The company didn’t provide many details about the upcoming restaurants, but confirmed to the Globe that both will be expansions of two of USHG’s existing concepts — a casual eatery and another “culinarily progressive and creative,” says CEO Chip Wade told the Globe. The group has 11 brands in its portfolio, from upscale Italian hotspot Ci Siamo to popular all-day cafe Daily Provisions, known for its sought-after crullers.

The restaurants will be located at Commonwealth Pier, a mixed-use complex currently under construction. According to the Globe, at least one other restaurant operated by a Boston operator will move into the space, which will also feature a 25,000-square-foot waterfront plaza.

USHG is a heavyweight in the New York restaurant scene, but hasn’t had the same success when it ventured elsewhere. The group attempted to expand to D.C. in 2020 with Maialino Mare, a Roman-style trattoria with a seafood focus and rooftop bar Anchovy Social, but closed that operation within two years.

Boston has seen a steady stream of new developments from New York-based chefs and restaurant groups over the past year, from George Mendes’ debut at Portuguese fine-dining restaurant Amar in the luxury Back Bay development Raffles to John Fraser’s Essen Hall and upcoming sit-down restaurant in downtown Boston, to the newest expansion of cult favorite Szechuan Mountain House, which opened last fall in Allston.

The Seaport notably has New York names like taqueria and cocktail bar Borrachito and Mia’s Brooklyn Bakery, as well as local talent like restaurateur Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli’s new seafood spot Hook + Line, Chickadee from James Beard semi-finalist John daSilva, and a larger outpost of Udon- Favorites attracted Yume Ga Arukara, opening soon. In the midst of all this, we’re wondering once again: Will everyone be eating out at the Seaport this year?