Back Bay in the News

Back Bay Association Members

  • L3 hopes Back Bay Architectural Commission will like glassy replacement for Newbury Street parking lot (Feb. 7, ’20)
    L3 is seeking approval for its plan to build a five-story retail and office building, designed by fellow Back Bay Association member CBT.  Click here for more.
  • Make your own ice cream sundaes at LUCIE drink + dine, opening in February (Feb. 7, ’20)
    LUCIE drink + dine will open this month at The Colonnade Hotel.  Tables will get a “make your own sundae” pad to craft their own sundae creations, choosing from an array of flavors, toppings, and sauces.  Click here for more.
  • Boston Marathon tweaks start times to emphasize women’s race (Feb. 7, ’20)
    This year’s Boston Marathon will see the elite men begin before the women’s race, a move that the organizers hope will give the women’s race more attention. Click here for more.
  • Cósmica Mexican Eatery & Bar (40 Berkeley St. at Gray Street) has opened inside the South End’s Revolution Hotel (Feb. 6, ’20)
    It’s the latest from the team behind the South End’s Beehive and Harvard Square’s Beat Brew Hall. Executive chef Colton Coburn-Wood (Yellow Door Taqueria) serves crab tostadas, chili-roasted brisket, and duck carnitas. There’s also a 30-seat bar with boozy slushies and margaritas on tap.  Click here for more.
  • ”King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” is bringing more than 150 artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb to The Saunders Castle at Park Plaza (Jan. 19, ’20)
    The exhibit, billed as “the largest display of Tut treasures ever to travel outside of Egypt” will be the first time that King Tut’s possessions have visited Boston in almost 60 years. Click here for more.

  • The top four largest hotel in Massachusetts are Back Bay Association members (Jan. 16, ’20)
    The top for spots on the Boston Business Journal’s list of largest hotels in Massachusetts are filled by Back Bay Association member businesses: the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston Park Plaza, and Westin Copley Place.  Hilton Boston Back Bay, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Revere Hotel Boston Common, The Newbury Boston (formerly the Taj), The Colonnade Boston, and Four Seasons Hotel Boston — all BBA members — also made the list.  These hotels represent 5881 rooms and more than 3200 jobs.  Click here for more.

  • It’s always ‘Take your dog to work’ day at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Dec. 31, ’19)
    When Philipp Knuepfer arrived at the Mandarin Oriental in the Back Bay, he did two things that were fairly radical for the luxury hotel chain. He set up his “office” in the lobby, next to the front door, amid the cushy sofas and chairs. And he brought along his two golden retrievers. Click here for more.
  • Rochambeau is one  of Boston magazine’s “Top 15 New Restaurants in Boston 2019” (Dec. 31, ’19)
    Other honorees include Back Bay’s The Oyster Club at the Heritage.  Click here for more.
  • Copley Place joins the USA Luxury Shopping Consortium (Dec. 25, ’19)
    The USA Luxury Shopping Consortium is an elite collection of shopping and dining destinations located in popular vacation cities throughout the USA, catering to today’s fashionable domestic and international travelers by offering special amenities and experiences curated especially for luxury travelers. Click here for more.
  • Santa Speedo Run celebrates 20th anniversary in Boston (Dec. 14, ’19)
    What started out as a dare among 5 friends is now a charity run with Back Bay Social as its home base.  Click here for more.
  • Craving caviar? There’s a pop-up for that (Dec. 12, ’19)
    The team at Island Creek Oyster farm has launched a caviar holiday pop-up (299 Newbury St. at Hereford Street), running through New Year’s Eve.  Click here for more.
  • Back Bay Association ‘Extremely Concerned’ By Potential Hynes Convention Center Sale (Dec. 10, ’19)
    The Back Bay Association wants any potential sale of the Hynes Convention Center to come with new meeting space and is currently underway with a study to report on the economic impact the Hynes has had on the neighborhood.  Click here for more.
  • Watch Winston Flowers Deck the Halls of the Four Seasons (Nov. 30, ’19)
    Boston magazine’s time lapse video shows Winston Flowers decorating the lobby of the Four Seasons after Thanksgiving this year.  Click here for more.
  • French food at Boston’s Rochambeau, a ‘French-ish’ dining experience (Nov. 21, ’19)
    Chronicle’s Shayna Seymore says “oui” to a glitzy dinner at Rochambeau.  Click here for more.
  • Mayflower’s 400th sets organizers off on a new journey: To put history right (Nov. 20, ’19)
    “Not only is it an opportunity to set the record straight; it invites discussion about history and heritage, whatever your background is,” said D. Brenton Simons, CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, in front of whose headquarters on Newbury Street has been placed a scale model of the Mayflower and figures of a Wampanoag mother and daughter to attract attention to the anniversary.  Click here for more.
  • Train Like the GOAT at His New Back Bay TB12 Location (Nov. 19, ’19)
    Will Tom Brady’s new TB12 sports facility in Boston turn you into an MVP? Probably not, but at least it’ll help you feel like one.  TB12 is now open at 699 Boylston Street.  Click here for more.
  • Early Details on Lucie Drink and Dine, Opening This Winter at the Colonnade (Nov. 12, ’19)
    Lucie Drink + Dine will open this winter at the Colonnade, bringing global flavors and a top-shelf bar program to the renovated hotel lobby.  Click here for more.
  • Boston’s Second-Oldest Hotel Has New Owners (Nov. 11, ’19)
    Copley Square Hotel, a landmark address on the edge of Boston’s affluent enclave of Back Bay, has traded hands for $67.5 million.  The new owner is Hawkins Way Capital.  Click here for more.
  • Boston Marathon runners have raised more than $100 million for cancer research (Nov. 8, ’19)
    Boston Marathon runners who compete on behalf of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have raised more than $100 million for cancer research since they began running to benefit the institution in 1990.  Click here for more.
  • J.Jill Opens New Store in Copley Place, Boston (Nov. 7, ’19)
    Nationally recognized women’s apparel retailer J.Jill has opened in Copley Place, showcasing the latest in their store designs. Click here for more.

  • Boston Architectural College Receives Top Rankings among Most Hired and Most Admired Architecture and Design Schools (Nov. 6, ’19)
    The BAC’s Interior Design program placed in the top five of ‘Most Hired’, ranking #3 in Group 2 (20 to 39 graduates), and the Architecture program placed in the top ten, ranking #9 in Group 2 (70 to 99 graduates).
    Click here for more.

  • The Newbury Boston emerging out of former Taj hotel in Back Bay (Nov. 4, ’19)
    The Taj will redebut in 2020 at The Newbury Boston with a whole new look — as well as a new address, new guest rooms, and 4500 sq ft rooftop restaurant.  Click here for more.

  • Instagrammers Are Obsessed with Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, The Bristol, Abe & Louie’s (Oct. 21, ’19)
    These Back Bay bars have some serious Instagram buzz.  Click here for more.
  • A first visit to Rochambeau, Back Bay’s sprawling new French cafe/restaurant/bar (Oct. 17, ’19)
    The Boston Globe’s Devra First reviews her first visit to Rochambeau, Back Bay’s glittering new French restaurant.  Click here for more.
  • Check Out These Five Most Luxurious Hotel Suites In Boston (Oct. 11, ’19)
    Four of Haute Livings’ five most luxurious hotel suites in Boston are Back Bay Association members: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, Four Seasons One Dalton Street, Boston,  Four Seasons Hotel, Boston, and Mandarin Oriental, Boston.  Click here for more.

  • This enormous glass sphere represents the entire world, as it was in 1935 (Oct. 9, ’19)
    The Washington Post argues that the Mary Baker Eddy’s Mapparium is the real must-see destination when visiting Boston.  Click here for more.
  • Kings, Oak Long Bar, and Abe & Louie’s Have “Fall Cocktails to Try This Month” (Oct. 9, ’19)
    Seasonal flavors of apple and pumpkin — and some warming  bourbon — are making a special appearance on the cocktail menus of some of Back Bay’s favorite bars.  Click here for more.
  • Reinventing Boston’s American Steak and Seafood Grill: Himmel Hospitality Group reimagines Back Bay’s Post 390 (Oct. 9,  ’19)
    As Post 390 celebrates a decade of service, the beloved restaurant is focusing on evolving with diners’ evolving desires.  Click here for more.

  • Rochambeau, a two-level French restaurant in the Back Bay, is finally opening this week (Oct. 7, ’19)
    Rochambeau, run by the Lyons Group (Sonsie, Back Bay Social Club) is now open with Chef Nick Calais, formerly of Brasserie Jo, at the helm.  The bi-level design dream features a bar and dinner menu studded with French favorites, as well as an all-day cafe for incredibly stylish coffee meetings and lunches on the go.  Click here for more.

  • Fairmont Copley Plaza, The Colonnade, Taj Boston are among CN Traveler’s Readers Choice Favorites (Oct. 7, ’19)
    Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards are out and BBA members Fairmont Copley Plaza, The Colonnade, and Taj Boston earned top marks this year.  Click here for more.

  • The World of Modeling with Patty Grout (Maggie Inc.) (Oct. 4, ’19)
    Maggie Inc’s Patty Grout gives tips and tricks to aspiring models.  Click here for more.
  • Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences Breaks Ground (Sept. 30, ’19)
    The Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences broke ground at 40 Trinity Place.  The 33-story tower is the first Raffles property in North America.  It is projected to open in 2022.   Click here for more.
  • 7 Insanely Over-the-Top Flower Decoration Ideas from Event Design Expert Bryan Rafanelli (Sept. 24, ’19)
    Back Bay’s Bryan Rafanelli is not only a former White House party planner, but one of the most recognizable names in the business.  In celebration of the publication of his new book, A Great Party: Designing the Perfect Celebration, Veranda magazine pulled together seven of their favorite floral decor moments from Rafanelli’s storied career.  Click here for more.

  • A ‘Modern Global’ Restaurant Will Open in the Former Brasserie Jo Space (Sept. 19, ’19)
    The Colonnade Hotel is set to open Lucie Drink and Dine this fall — a year after the closing much-beloved Brasserie Jo — with industry veteran Michael Chandleran,  an alum of Grill 23 and Oak Long Bar and Kitchen, at the helm.  Details on the menu are forthcoming, but guests can expect a “neighborhood restaurant and bar featuring a modern global menu,” along with a few fun surprises.  Click here for more.
  • Tom Brady celebrates TB12 Boston grand opening with Zdeno Chara, Charlie Coyle (Sept. 18, ’19) TB12, recently opened at 699 Boylston Street, celebrated with a star-studded grand opening.  The new outpost of GOAT Tom Brady’s growing wellness empire offers one-on-one sessions with body coaches, group fitness classes, a smoothie bar, and retail offerings.  Click here for more.

  • Back Bay office building would rise near Public Garden under revived proposal (Sept. 18, ’19)
    The Druker Company plans to redevelop 350 Boylston Street (the former Shreve Crump & Low space) with a nine-story building with predominantly office and retail usage and 150 parking spaces.  Pending approvals, construction will start in the third quarter of 2020 and could complete in as soon as 30 months.  Click here for more.

Neighborhood

  • Developer notifies city officials of plan to build hotel, condos above Mass. Turnpike.  Click here for more.  (Feb. 7, ’20)
  • 3-alarm blaze breaks out on Newbury Street Christmas morning.  Click here for more.  (Dec. 25, ’19)
  • CarGurus to be Anchor Tenant at Boston Office High Rise. Click here for more.  (Dec. 19, ’19)
  • Mayor Walsh Declares “Little Women Day” In Boston.  Click here for more.  (Dec.18, ’19)
  • Salt Bae Was Creeping Around an Empty Boston Restaurant Space at 2 a.m. Click here for more.  (Dec. 18, ’19)
  • Colliers hired to assist with sale of Hynes.  Click here for more.  (Dec. 15, ’19)
  • Boston’s three busiest commuter rail stations will soon get fare gates.  Click here for more.  (Dec. 15, ’19)
  • When the Back Bay was actually a bay.  Click here for more. (Dec. 12,  ’19)
  • For venture capitalists, Newbury Street is in fashion.   Click here for more. (Oct. 20, ’19)
  • Lobstah on a Roll is Now Open on Newbury Street.  Click here for more.  (Oct. 18, ’19)
  • Jonathan Greeley Is a Man With a Plan  Click here for more.  (Oct. 8, ’19)  
  • DraftKings Expanding Back Bay Headquarters.  Click here for more. (Oct. 3, ’19)
  • Winnie Couture Just Opened a New Bridal Shop on Boylston Street. Click here for more. (Sept. 13, ’19)

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