The food hall portion of the Hub on Causeway development has finally opened. Hub Hall, which was originally supposed to open during the winter of 2020 but did not due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, welcomed its first diners on September 13, 2021, at 80 Causeway St. in Boston’s West End.
The food hall, which is adjacent to TD Garden, was buzzing on its opening night, with scores of hungry Bostonians gathering to taste the various treats coming out of the kitchens of its 18 vendors. Diners can choose from a wide array of cuisines from mostly local chefs and restaurant groups, including pizza, tacos, fried chicken, burgers, oysters, fried seafood, and pastries, among others. There’s a wine bar, and there’s a beer bar. One could eat and drink at Hub Hall for a month and not get bored of the choices.
At the moment, 16 of its 18 vendors are operating, with two set to open soon. On the list:
- Bianco & Sons Sausage: A Medford-based sausage company serving dishes like sweet Italian sausage with peppers and onions or a tasting board with two pounds of sausage and accoutrements.
- Boston Soup Co.: Soups (yes, including chowder) from Boston chef Marc Orfaly of ReelHouse in East Boston and Quincy’s Marina Bay. There are also a few grain and vegetable bowls available.
- ReelHouse Oyster Bar: Raw bar items, charcuterie, lobster rolls, and more, also from Orfaly. (It’s a pared-down version of the ReelHouse restaurants.)
- Cusser’s: One of three locations for the casual North Shore-inspired roast beef sandwich and seafood offshoot of high-end Back Bay seafood restaurant Mooncusser.
- Greco: The fourth location for the local fast-casual Greek chain, serving gyros, loukoumades, and more.
- Lily P’s Fried Chicken: A mini version of chef Chris Parsons’s Kendall Square restaurant, featuring pressure-fried chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and ranch fries.
- Mida Apizza: New Haven-style pizza and Roman-style pizza from the team behind Mida, an Italian restaurant in Boston’s South End and Newton.
- Mike’s Pastry: The fourth location for the North End classic, serving many types of cannoli, cookies, and other pastries and baked goods.
- Naco Taco: A new location for the Cambridge-based taqueria (and its Back Bay food truck), featuring tacos and tortas.
- Sauce Burgers: An offshoot of Sauce in Andover. Fans of Sauce’s ribs and wings will have to head to the original location; the Hub Hall location exclusively serves burgers and fries.
- The Smoke Shop BBQ: A fifth location for chef Andy Husbands’s local barbecue chain, serving barbecue plates and sandwiches, meats by the pound, and more — don’t miss the wings.
- Sullivan’s Castle Island: The South Boston icon is serving an abbreviated menu here, featuring fried fish baskets and sandwiches, soft serve ice cream, chowder, and a few other items.
- The Draft: A beer bar, sibling to Banners Kitchen & Tap, which is also part of the Hub on Causeway (but not part of the food hall).
- Now Pouring: A bar focused on wine but also offering some beer, cider, and cocktails.
- Caffè Nero: The London-based, Italy-inspired coffeeshop chain that has pretty much taken over Boston.
- Juicygreens: A Jamaica Plain-based juice shop that is also slated to expand to Somerville’s Assembly Row.
- Monica’s Mercato (opening soon): Italian sandwiches from a longtime North End shop.
- Momosan (opening soon): Ramen, Japanese bar snacks, sushi, sake, and more from Iron Chef Morimoto.
Hub Hall — the brainchild of the Patina Restaurant Group — joins a number of existing food halls in and around Boston and represents a still-growing trend throughout the city. Time Out Market Boston in Fenway, Boston Public Market in Haymarket, Super 88 in Allston, Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Eataly in Back Bay, and Bow Market in Somerville’s Union Square are just a handful of examples of popular food halls that already exist, and there are still more on the way, including the forthcoming downtown food hall High Street Place, which is probably opening this fall.
Hub Hall is open daily, with some vendors opening as early as 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.