Two Boston-based restaurants are finalizing leases to open up inside the newly-renovated Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square, Boston Herald reported. Tasty Burger will have a new shop there, and Haley House, a nonprofit which operates a nearby bakery and cafe, will bring in a cooperative pizzeria called Dudley Dough.
The Bolling Building incorporates the historic Ferdinand Furniture building, which was an integral part of Roxbury's history as a retail destination and will be a key to its resurgence. Mayor Martin J. Walsh renamed the building last year in honor of a Boston councilman who championed economic development in Roxbury. In addition to Boston Public Schools administrative offices and a public-private business incubator, the six-story building will have 18,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor when it opens. That's where the Tasty Burger and Dudley Dough shops will be, as well as an as-yet-unannounced restaurant, a women's clothing boutique, and an optical shop, the Herald report.
When the development project was announced last year, at least 22 businesses vied for six retail spaces, as previously reported. "We were really proud of the fact that there were a lot of small local businesses and entrepreneurs that were interested in the space,” Boston's economic development chief told the Herald.
Tasty Burger, the official burger of the Boston Red Sox, has locations in Fenway (the neighborhood), Fenway (the Park), Harvard Square, South Boston, a truck available for events and parties, and a branch opening up in Back Bay Station soon. Besides its namesake meat sandwiches, the local chain serves hot dogs, crispy chicken, shakes, and requisite sides, plus beer and wine.
Haley House is a non-profit that provides housing solutions and career training for disadvantaged people. At its Dudley Square cafe, it employs ex-offenders and provides work resources for youth; hosts community events, and serves healthy food. Dudley Dough will offer "healthy gourmet pizza and salads and all kinds of our homemade soups from the bakery cafe,” Haley House director of special projects Kathe McKenna told the Herald. It will also share profits with its employees.