The TD Garden and North Station-adjacent development dubbed the Hub on Causeway is among Boston’s most anticipated fall openings. The development will feature a food hall, Hub Hall, which will include 18 vendors (one is a New Haven-style pizza joint.) In addition to the food hall, there will be a three-part venue called Big Night Live that will include a restaurant from Guy Fieri, an event space, and a music hall.
Plus, there will be a 25,000-square-foot bar called Banners Kitchen & Tap, according to a representative for Patina Restaurant Group, which will oversee Banners and Hub Hall. (The group is also behind the dining options at the New England Aquarium.)
Banners Kitchen & Tap will overlook Hub Hall, and it will feature 60 beers on tap (55 of which will be local), a substantial 39.5-foot television, and three Topgolf Swing Suites. For the uninitiated, a Topgolf Swing Suite is a virtual golf game in which players hit real balls at a screen equipped with sensors. The screen virtually maps the expected flight of the ball. The objective is to land the ball as close to a series of targets as possible. Other games include shooting hockey pucks at a virtual hockey goal or playing dodgeball with zombies. Banners will be only the fourth venue in Massachusetts to offer Topgolf Swing Suites.
Banners Kitchen & Tap will feature “upscale tavern cuisine and classic game-day menu offerings,” per the Patina representative. The beer list will include a number of IPAs and barrel-aged stouts.
The space is being designed by New York-based firm Studio V Architecture and Patina Restaurant Group’s internal design team. Banners Kitchen & Tap is expected to open in October — just in time for the upcoming Bruins and Celtics seasons.
Update, October 15, 2019: Banners opens today at 4 p.m. A couple additions to the information above: Local cocktail veteran Jackson Cannon (Eastern Standard, the Hawthorne, etc.) consulted on the cocktail menu, resulting in options like the champions cup, a draft cocktail with vodka, banana, coconut, lime, and bubbles; the Downeast express, with rum, coffee brandy, and cold brew; and the day drinker, with sherry, agave nectar, and grapefruit soda. Several of the cocktails are available in large portions for four to six people. In addition to its standard bar and dining areas, Banners also features Blades & Boards, a reservation-only dining room named for the Boston Garden’s now-defunct Blades and Boards Club. This portion of Banners has a fancier menu than the regular dining room, featuring shellfish towers, prime rib, and the like.
Here’s a look at the regular food menu and the cocktail menu:
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