Back Bay Beats — affectionately known as B3 — swoops into Boston this Wednesday, March 15 at 5 p.m., officially opening its doors at 160 Massachusetts Ave., inside of a new Berklee College of Music building.
As previously reported, and as the name and location suggest, B3 will have a live music component, giving diners the opportunity to be serenaded seven nights a week and during Sunday brunch by Berklee students, alum, and faculty, as well as by visiting musicians.
The music will gravitate towards funk, jazz, Southern folk, gospel, R&B, and world; likewise, the food is a little bit Southern and a little bit global. Hungry Mother alum Nicolas Swogger, who grew up down South, is executive chef, serving up dishes such as shrimp and peas; ham buttermilk biscuits; spice-roasted cauliflower; grilled Spear Point oysters; and more.
Here’s a peek inside the space, designed by Boston firm Analogue Studio:
And a few dishes:
- Bay scallop crudo with blood orange, daikon radish, and Fresno chili. Sarah Storrer for Eater
- Ham biscuits: Benton’s ham, buttermilk biscuits, pimento cheese, Tabasco honey. Moses Mitchell for Back Bay Beats
- Spice-roasted cauliflower with pecan and sesame seed dukka, brown butter, watercress, and candied lemon zest. Moses Mitchell for Back Bay Beats