Piperi Mediterranean Grill will open as early as October 1st at 1 Beacon St. in Boston, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. The space, which was formerly occupied by pop-up restaurant Dore Creperie, is about halfway between the Park St. MBTA station and Government Center. The food will apparently be quick and healthy, focusing on breakfast and lunch, according to BRT, and it might be the first of several locations. Indeed, a trademark search reveals that T&T Dining Concepts, LLC registered Piperi at the same time as another name, Gozi, which is categorized under "sandwiches," so it’s possible the multiple locations will have different concepts. The Ts in "T&T" apparently refer to Piperi partners Timothy Oliveri and Thomas John, according to LinkedIn.
According to a tipster, the restaurant will allow diners to choose a flatbread, filling, and sauce for under $8. The expectation is that it’ll be mostly a take-out crowd, which makes perfect sense for the location, home to plenty of high-rise office buildings.
Oliveri and John are no strangers to fast casual dining; both worked at Au Bon Pain, where Oliveri was CFO, executive VP, board member, and treasurer for nearly a decade and VP of finance for several years before that. John was an executive chef and senior VP of food and beverage. Before that, he was at Mantra.
Piperi, which means "pepper" in Greek, appears to have a logo ready to go, created by Cambridge-based Fyfe Design, and the space is being fully renovated by RODE Architects, a Boston firm. The renovation includes a new kitchen and new ventilation system. On the outside, the concrete façade will remain unchanged, aside from new signage. The space is a tiny extension to an adjoining 37-story building, so it’s perhaps appropriate that Piperi is also the name of a tiny Greek island that apparently had a population of two at the 2001 census.