Eataly opened just two days ago, but Mario Batali already has fresh plans for dining in Boston. The famously orange Croc-clad chef and television celebrity is a partner in the Italian food emporium, which now has locations in four U.S. cities and many others elsewhere around the world. While in town for the Eataly opening, he hinted at plans to open another restaurant in the area, on a much smaller scale than Eataly, according to the Boston Herald.
Batali already has one restaurant in Boston: Seaport’s Babbo Pizzeria opened in April 2015, and he is reportedly looking to add another spot to the mix in the same area. Planning for a second waterfront venue is in the early stages, but Batali hinted to the Herald that likes the idea of a "ceviche and raw bar with a great beer program."
The Seaport District is in the midst of a large-scale development boom that has brought in a number of new restaurants over the last year, with more to come. The growing Shake Shack burger chain laid down roots there in August, and Britain’s Yo! Sushi opened its doors in October. Local restaurants have also expanded to Seaport, and more are on the way. A second location of Watertown's La Casa De Pedro also opened recently, and Kendall Square’s Aceituna will open soon, along with Sorelle, Better Bagels, New York’s By Chloe, and more.