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Smith & Wollensky Takes Over for Blue Ginger in Wellesley

Opening early in 2018

Smith & Wollensky Back Bay
Smith & Wollensky Back Bay

When chef Ming Tsai closed down Blue Ginger this summer in Wellesley, the town felt the loss of the 19-year-old restaurant. Now, the vacant space at 583 Washington St. will get a new resident: Smith & Wollensky will open its first suburban Massachusetts location early next year, bringing fancy steaks to the area. The Swellesley Report noted the rumor back in June, and a press release sent by Smith & Wollensky yesterday confirmed the news.

The restaurant group oversees steakhouses in Boston, Chicago, Miami, London, Houston, Las Vegas, New York, and Ohio, and it is headquartered here in Boston. There are two locations in the area already, in Back Bay and on Atlantic Wharf. For this new location in Wellesley, Smith & Wollensky will reportedly renovate the former Blue Ginger space to accommodate 250 seats and around 20 bar seats.

Smith & Wollensky’s beef-centric menu features everything from steak tartare and burgers to dry-aged cuts, steaks, and filets, along with assorted seafood dishes and plenty of sides. Stay tuned for specifics on an opening date for the restaurant.

As for Blue Ginger, Tsai hasn’t announced any plans to open another restaurant along those lines, but he is working on a fast-casual stir-fry restaurant called ChowStirs, slated to open at an undisclosed Boston-area location in early 2018.

Steak at Smith & Wollensky
Steak at Smith & Wollensky

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Smith & Wollensky (Wellesley)

583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482 Visit Website

Smith & Wollensky (Back Bay)

101 Arlington Street, , MA 02116 (617) 423-1112 Visit Website

Blue Ginger

583 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 781 283 5790 Visit Website

Smith & Wollensky (Atlantic Wharf)

294 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 617-778-2200 Visit Website