KO Catering and Pies tells Eater that it is moving forward with plans to expand to a full restaurant that also serves beer and wine in the former Scup's In The Harbour space in East Boston. KO owner Sam Jackson plans to open his new venture, which for now he's calling KO Pub and Pies, between mid-April and May. The restaurant will seat 30 with outdoor patio seating for an additional 40. Those trademark meat pies will still be the main focus of the menu but the new spot will also serve local seafood, sandwiches, and perhaps an Aussie burger topped with beets and a fried egg. The drink list will feature "Aussie and Kiwi" wines and beer both imported and domestic. "Nothing really compliments an Australian meat pie like preferably an Australian beer" notes Jackson. "Being able to see Harpoon Brewery means we'll be working closely with Harpoon as well," he adds.
Jackson hopes to create a casual atmosphere that works as both a restaurant or a bar where patrons can swing by for "a beer and a bucket of prawns." Jackson says he has already been approved for a beer and wine license and is looking forward to the expansion. "Till now, we've only been able to grow as far as these four walls will let us," he says of his current location in Southie. KO Pub and Pies will serve weekend brunch and plans to be open 5 to 7 days a week. Jackson says he aims to keep "a very comfortable price point for people" and notes that the restaurant will be accessible by water taxi. The interior will pay homage to the nearby shipyard and harbor with a blend of contemporary industrial and nautical design.