Construction is underway for a gastropub planned for East Boston, and a framework of the restaurant now stands on the site of the former Oscar's Woodworking building. Cunard Tavern has been in the works in Jeffries Point since mid-2014, when Ducali's Phil Frattaroli announced plans to purchase the building that once housed his grandparents' wood shop.
The woodworking building was torn down in December, and the concrete slab for Cunard Tavern was completely poured on March 22, according to posts on the restaurant's Facebook page.
Frattaroli was able to garner support from the Eastie neighborhood and even previewed some possible menu items at the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association's Fall Fling in October.
"We're getting our name and inspiration from that part of the city, its history, and also taking from the industrial feel of it," Frattaroli told Eater in a previous interview. "I'm very excited about it, and we'll have the opportunity to do some pretty cool things, especially environmentally, because we're doing it from scratch and can build it that way."
Cunard Tavern is aiming for a late fall 2016 opening.