Mare, in all its incarnations, is one of several restaurants owned by Frank DePasquale. It opened at 135 Richmond St. in 2005, originally with a sustainable seafood concept. In 2012, Mare Oyster Bar took over, with a focus on (guess!) local oysters.
The latest iteration, located about 500 feet from the original in the former Ida's space, will feature a crudo bar in addition to the oysters (the sustainable sourcing continues.) From chef Nello Caccioppoli (formerly of DePasquale Ventures' Umbria Prime and Bricco), there will also be ceviche, whole fish specials, shrimp dishes, Alaskan king crab, octopus salad, and a hot or cold lobster roll served on brioche made next door at Bricco Panetteria.
On the bar, expect a "significantly expanded" beer list with a local focus, as well as organic wines and cordials.
Mare Oyster Crudo and Seafood Bar seats 60 inside, compared with Mare's 50, and the forthcoming restaurant also has a patio that can accommodate 70. "We felt that the new location will allow us the additional space and outdoor seating that would fit well with a seafood restaurant," DePasquale said via a press release. Added bonus: Boston skyline views. The patio area will also feature lounge seating, fire pits, and an imported, Italian, retractable roof. Inside, the restaurant has white marble floors, walls, and bar.
The Richmond Street space is now undergoing some renovations of its own. DePasquale Ventures is in the midst of several projects right now, as previously reported, and the former Mare will open as Sfizi this fall. The new concept is a wine bar with Italian small plates.
Mare Oyster Crudo and Seafood Bar opens at 5 p.m. tomorrow and will serve dinner every day. Lunch will be available Friday - Sunday.