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Pizza and Pasta Spots to Fill Century-Old Fish Market’s Void in the South End

And the space left by the decades-old pizzeria next door, too

Morse Fish Co., date unknown
Morse Fish Co., date unknown
Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Two South End stalwarts closed in May — the 115-year-old Morse Fish Company seafood market and cafe and the adjacent Harry O’s pizzeria and sub shop, which had been around for over 30 years — and now their replacements are lined up.

Black Jack Pasta Kitchen will move into the former Morse space (1401 Washington St., Boston), serving grab-and-go pasta, while Union Park Pizza will occupy the old Harry O’s space (1405 Washington St., Boston), serving flatbreads, per an announcement this week from Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. (Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty represented building owner Jack Blacker of Morse Fish in the sale.) The Gallows, located in the same building at 1395 Washington St., remains in operation.

Black Jack Pasta Kitchen is a revamped version of shuttered Fenway spot Black Jack Pasta Bar, which closed earlier this year. In a March tweet, Black Jack wrote, “We will be relocating to a bigger restaurant which will let us get our food to you much faster. Be ready for lighting [sic] service.” The casual pasta spot features 21 sauces.

Union Park Pizza has a nascent account on Instagram but hasn’t shared any details yet.

Blacker thanked the South End community, via the Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty announcement:

“I am so grateful for the community’s decades-long patronage and support. Our business has evolved into a cherished neighborhood institution, and I anticipate that the community will show the same reverence for the inbound establishments.”

Black Jack and Union Park Pizza could open as soon as early October.

Morse Fish Company in Boston’s South End Is Up for Lease [BRT]
Harry O’s in Boston’s South End Is Closing [BRT]