The restaurant group behind Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish, and Joe’s American Bar & Grill — Tavistock Restaurant Collection — has bought the burned out Boston waterfront property at 88-91 Commercial Wharf East, according to a post on NorthEndWaterfront.com. The building, which overlooks Christopher Columbus park, burned down in 2011 and has been vacant since. It’s steps from the waterfront location of Joe’s American, one of two in Boston proper.
In a prepared statement sent to Eater via email, Tavistock chairman Charles B. Lewis confirmed the news, writing:
We are looking forward to expanding upon our existing investments in Boston, which includes Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish and Joe’s American Bar & Grill. The commercial waterfront is a landmark property. We have an incredible opportunity to elevate the experience at this restaurant location, the commercial wharf pier and the historic Christopher Columbus Park.
In another prepared statement sent to Eater via email, Tavistock president Jim Zboril wrote:
We recognize the significance of this iconic property. Christopher Columbus Park is an amazing area within one of our nation’s most significant metropolitans, teeming with history and talent. Tavistock is a long-term, active and invested owner with a portfolio of investments worldwide, including the innovative, master-designed Lake Nona community in Orlando. And while plans are still in the very early stages, we are looking forward to creating a thoughtful plan for future redevelopment.
It’s not yet clear whether Tavistock’s plans will include another location of one of the group’s existing concepts or an entirely new restaurant. Stay tuned for updates as plans progress.