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A Tall Ship Restaurant Will Dock in Charlestown

The floating restaurant comes from a familiar restaurant group

Spectators enjoy the Tall Ships Grand Parade of Sails from aboard the USS John F. Kennedy in Boston on July 11, 2000
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A floating restaurant will sail into Charlestown’s Navy Yard this summer. The as-yet-unnamed project comes from the Navy Yard Hospitality Group — which operates Charlestown’s Pier 6, East Boston’s Reelhouse, and Faneuil Hall’s Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar — and involves temporarily converting a tall ship into an active restaurant.

The hospitality group received the city’s approval for its tall ship plan last week, and the project aligns with Mayor Marty Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 initiative that aims to bring further events and programs to Boston’s waterfront areas. Along with two other proposals approved for Charlestown’s Navy Yard, the floating restaurant was granted temporary approval from May through October 2019, after which the Boston Planning & Development Agency and the community will work together to assess the success of the three projects.

While the Navy Yard Hospitality Group works on opening the tall ship restaurant this summer, it has several other projects in the works as well. A second Reelhouse location will open in Marina Bay in Quincy, while Mija Cantina will expand to Logan Airport. As it did with the original Reelhouse in East Boston, Navy Yard Hospitality Group will coordinate free water shuttle service on the harbor for both the tall ship restaurant and the Quincy Reelhouse.

The Navy Yard ship restaurant will reportedly have a lighting installation connected to Shipyard Park, and while details on the food and beverage plans for the restaurant are sparse for now, there will be more to follow in the coming months.

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