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French Laundry Alum Plans Restaurant for South Boston

Chef and owner Shi Mei, an alum of Michelin-starred restaurant French Laundry, has plans for the former KO Pies space

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There could be a replacement for KO Pies on its way to Southie
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Beloved Australian meat pie restaurant KO Catering & Pies closed its original location in South Boston (87 A St.) in September 2018, and now it appears as though there’s a replacement lined up for the space.

The team behind the proposed new restaurant, Lenox Sophia, met with the West Broadway Neighborhood Association on July 30 for an abutters meeting to discuss the beer and wine license it will apply for with the City of Boston Licensing Commission.

In a presentation obtained by Eater, the restaurant claims to be a “casual fine dining restaurant offering modern American fare served in a small intimate and casual setting,” focusing on “food based on seasonality and direct sourcing from local farms and purveyors within New England.”

The chef and owner behind Lenox Sophia is Shi Mei, who is an alum of Thomas Keller’s famed French Laundry in Napa Valley. In May, Mei popped up at Tim Maslow’s Whaling in Oklahoma for a recurring barbecue series called Meat & Three, preparing Chinese barbecue dishes and sides. The restaurant’s architect will be Machado Blake Design, the same firm that designed Oleana in Cambridge.

Eater has reached out to Mei for more details and will provide an update as more information becomes available.

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Lenox Sophia

87 A Street, , MA 02127 (617) 597-2170 Visit Website

KO Catering and Pies

256 Marginal Street, , MA 02128 (617) 418-5234 Visit Website