Jamaica Plain restaurant the Haven, Boston’s 12-year-old “Scottish headquarters,” has completed its move: The cozy old Perkins Street space is no more (at least for now), and the doors are open instead at the Brewery complex at 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain, the previous home of Bella Luna & the Milky Way. It’s a limited menu to start — fish supper, the restaurant’s popular burger, pizza, beer, and whisky. But very soon there’ll be more, including, of course, haggis. Patio seating should be opening up any day now as well.
Longtime Haven fans will recognize the hearty Scottish menu, but there’s a bit of newness, too, including pizza — a nod to Bella Luna’s tenure in the space (and making use of its pizza oven). Will there be haggis pizza? Chef Jamie Kembrey reportedly hasn’t ruled it out, and as owner Jason Waddleton previously said, diners can expect “favorites and outside the box” pizzas. There will be more vegan- and vegetarian-friendly dishes on the menu, too, including a vegan sausage roll.
Even in the smaller original space, the Haven managed to host a busy events calendar full of music and more; Waddleton has been an accomplished music booker since long before his Haven years. The new space will allow for even more entertainment, including comedy nights, dance nights, and small theater productions, Waddleton said previously, not to mention a continuation of the Haven’s popular dram nights — Scotch tastings “without any snobbery” — and the annual Burns supper events, which always sell out quickly. The new Haven is also bookable for semi-private and private events, offering a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces.
Watch the Haven’s active Instagram account for updates as hours, the menu, and the events calendar ramp up, or just swing by to delve into the deep selection of whisky, local and imported beers, and comfort food. The new space is meant to feel like “a new living room for Boston and JP residents and those visiting from afar,” as Waddleton previously said. “An open door for all.”
The Haven is now open at 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston.