A Masonic Temple that holds a prominent place near Boston Common may soon be home to a French restaurant. Big Night Entertainment Group, which operates a handful of restaurants and nightclubs around Boston, is seeking approval to open a restaurant and cafe in the historic Grand Lodge, located at 186 Tremont St., the Boston Business Journal reported.
The Downtown Boston Residents' Association has a monthly meeting scheduled for Monday evening, during which it will reportedly consider a proposal for the French restaurant from the Big Night Entertainment Group’s founder, Ed Kane, as Boston Restaurant Talk noted.
The meeting agenda indicates that Kane will present plans and renderings for the full-service restaurant and cafe. Big Night Entertainment Group operates three restaurants and nightclubs in Boston — Red Lantern, Empire, and Gem — along with some venues elsewhere in the state and in Connecticut. Plus, another Boston venue is in the works.
Update 12/12, 11:45 a.m.: A representative of the Lodge provide Eater the following information regarding the restaurant:
The Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts has executed a lease with Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG) for the purpose of establishing a restaurant in what is currently the Paul Revere dining hall at the Boston Masonic building.
We are excited to enter into this partnership with BNEG and Ed Kane. We view this not just as a great business opportunity for us, but as an opportunity with BNEG to create another option for consumers in downtown Boston for fine dining. We look forward to more residents and travelers alike being able to see that a Masonic lodge building can be a valuable asset to a community.
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