A second location of a popular South End steakhouse is headed to Downtown Crossing, courtesy of the Boston Urban Hospitality group. Owners Chris Coombs and Brian Piccini plan to bring their Boston Chops concept to 52 Temple Pl., Boston Restaurant Talk reports. They also own Deuxave in Back Bay and Dbar in Dorchester.
Coombs and Piccini are currently working to finalize a lease for the space, which formerly housed the French-Indian restaurant Mantra, according to Boston Magazine. The restaurant is more than 9,000 square feet and used to be a bank, and it will undergo renovations as the team works to secure a liquor license. The original South End location of Boston Chops was also once a bank — and a restaurant called Banq.
The two restaurants share a name and concept, but the new location will have a much different design, as well as the addition of private dining space. Because of renovations, an exact timeline for opening is not yet set.