Way back in 2006, the Boston Redevelopment Authority granted a license to Eat Drink Laugh Restaurant Group owner Michael Conlon (Paramount, 21st Amendment) to open a 220-seat restaurant, Doc's Long Wharf, where there's currently a pavilion on the pier, just past Chart House. But since then, North End residents have been fighting the proposed restaurant, saying that the land is supposed to be protected as open space for outdoor recreation. Earlier this year, a map from the National Park Service archives seemed to support this, thwarting the BRA's near-victory to finally get the ball rolling on the project.
The BRA isn't ready to give up yet, though. Now, it's filing suit against the National Park Service, "alleging that the federal agency arbitrarily expanded the boundaries of protected park space on Long Wharf and prevented construction of a restaurant on the city-owned waterfront parcel," reports the Boston Business Journal. The protected space, the BRA says, is actually in the adjacent plaza. If the restaurant ever comes to fruition, it will likely have indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment, and moderately priced food and drinks, according to past plans.
· BRA files suit against National Park Service [BBJ]
· Map upends long fight over restaurant in Boston [BG]
· All coverage of Doc's Long Wharf on Eater [~EBOS~]
[Photo: Long Wharf/Boston Harborwalk]