Change is coming to South Boston as one coffee shop plans to relocate from its original Southie home to a new space near Carson Beach, and a longtime neighborhood staple plots its return after moving to Melrose.
For starters, Molly Moo’s Ice Cream & Cafe will leave its current home at 687 East 2nd St. in favor of a new spot on Carson Beach, as Caught in Southie reports. The new spot will reportedly go by Molly’s Beachside, per Boston Restaurant Talk, and will be located at 165 Day Blvd. at the McCormack Bath House. Molly Moo’s owner, Mohamed Nahas, told Eater he has been working on securing the new spot for the last year, citing competition from Starbucks and rent increases as the impetus for the move. The new spot will lean into the oceanfront vibes, offering $3 burgers, $2 deli dogs, and seafood, along with 50 flavors of ice cream, 13 flavors of Italian slush, and soft serve, Nahas said.
Meanwhile, his other venture is getting off the ground: Molly’s Farmhouse Coffee opened earlier this year on Preble Street near the Andrew MBTA station, offering coffee, sandwiches, ice cream, and more, including a lunch box special that includes a ciabatta sandwich with a pickle, chips, and a beverage for $7.99.
In other news, a longtime Southie diner that has since relocated to Melrose is working to make its return to the neighborhood. My Diner is reportedly seeking neighborhood support to open on East 1st St. near H Street, per BRT, and could be successful without opposition from the neighborhood, potentially reopening by the end of the summer. The restaurant had operated at 98 A St. for more than a decade before it was forced to close down as the building’s owners prepared for a redevelopment of the property. Owners Ela and Ben Bashllari launched efforts to relocate the restaurant to 545 E 8th St. before landing in Melrose.
Update, 4 p.m.: My Diner’s return to Southie will reportedly be an expansion, not a move — the new Melrose location will remain in operation.