A sit-down burger restaurant in Beverly has finally announced a location for its expansion to Boston, and it won’t be leaving its roots far behind: A&B Burgers will open within the Beverly (101 Beverly St.), a new development near TD Garden, as Boston Restaurant Talk reports. The restaurant will be on the building’s Causeway Street side.
Owner Tom Holland (no, not Spider-Man) first hinted at plans for a Boston proper expansion in January, and now that everything has been finalized with the developer, those plans are even more real. A&B will take up a 4,000-square-foot space in the development, bringing its two-time “best of the North Shore” burgers to the neighborhood, along with beer, cocktails, and milkshakes. The new restaurant will accommodate 100 people, with 19 seats at a bar.
“The chance to open our first Boston location in the middle of one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods was too good to pass up,” Holland said in a release. Indeed, the West End has seen a number of restaurant openings lately, including Bodega Canal, Rogue Lounge, and another burger joint, a location of Boston’s growing Tasty Burger chain. Industry vet Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli also has a restaurant in the works nearby: Alcove, opening this spring at Lovejoy Wharf.
A&B originally opened in Salem inside a historic jail, later crowdfunding its move to the existing Beverly location. (Bit Bar — a restaurant, bar, and arcade — is now open in the Salem jail.) In 2016, Holland had considered an expansion to Amesbury, but that plan did not come to fruition. Now, he’s ready to take on the Boston expansion, bringing with him not just the years spent running A&B on the North Shore but also time at several restaurants in the Boston area, including Sonsie and Tico, among others.
Stay tuned for details on an opening date for A&B Burgers in the West End (tentatively slated for September 2018), and in the meantime look forward to burgers topped with burrata, fig jam, bacon, and arugula, and entrees like chorizo mac and cheese, baby back ribs, and chicken and waffles.