Just past the bar and before the hockey table, an "Adults Only" warning leads the way not to a cache of X-rated videos but to a curtained-off secret lounge within jm Curley, the relatively-new-but-already-adored Downtown Crossing bar and restaurant. This mysterious interior space will soon become Bogie's Place, a 1920s-style steakhouse set to open in mid-October, according to bar manager Kevin Mabry. In order to preserve the mystique, the management is not currently permitting photos of the windowless space, but diners can expect a cozy speakeasy feel with seating for about twenty, including a small dining bar.
Renovations aren't entirely finished yet, but a peek inside revealed two framed portraits: four-term Boston mayor James Michael Curley, the namesake of the exterior restaurant, and actor Humphrey Bogart, the namesake of the interior restaurant. Mabry explained that the two characters hint at the "Jekyll and Hyde" nature of jm Curley and Bogie's Place. (Curley, on one hand, was charismatic yet controversial, a balance perhaps demonstrated by the restaurant's popularity yet willingness to potentially offend with rules such as "Don't be a douchebag." Bogart, on the other hand, was non-controversially beloved on screen but known to be rather grouchy and uncharismatic in real life. What will that mean for Bogie's Place?)
While the space will mostly run on reservations so that prime cuts of beef can be purchased each day based on the expected number of diners, walk-ins will be accepted for the small dining bar. As for the menu, think classic 20s cocktails and Delmonico steaks. The jm Curley menu, on the other hand, focuses more on small, shareable plates like fried oyster po' boy bites, smoked beef heart crostini, and cast-iron cornbread.