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Will Everyone Be Dining Out at the Seaport This Year?

Respected industry vet Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli is the latest restaurateur headed to the waterfront

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Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli.
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Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

The Seaport may not yet be a top dining destination in the city, but it is increasingly attracting high-profile local names to the fold. In the latest round of who’s opening a restaurant at the Seaport, Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, the restaurateur behind West End mainstay Alcove, has announced that he is planning a seafood restaurant and fish market that is slated to open in September 2023.

The restaurant, dubbed Hook + Line, will be a bounty of New England seafood, Schlesinger-Guidelli tells Boston Magazine. The waterfront space — located at 10 Fan Pier — will include a raw bar, patio, and private dining area, as well as a standalone fish market stocking fresh seafood and takeout meals. Schlesinger-Guidelli, an award-winning bartender, will be orchestrating the wine list, while the chef leading the kitchen has yet to be named.

“When I saw this property I knew I could make a difference in this new neighborhood and shine a light on beautiful seafood and hospitality,” Schlesinger-Guidelli said in a statement on the news.

Prior to opening Alcove, Schlesinger-Guidelli spent time at some of Boston’s most beloved neighborhood restaurants, including Fenway cornerstone Eastern Standard, Cambridge burger destination Craigie on Main, and Island Creek Oyster Bar, where he was the general manager on the opening team.

The dining options in the Seaport thus far have been dominated by chains — Miznon, Davio’s, and Rosa Mexicano, to name a few — mixed with a couple of standout local outfits, including gilded French restaurant Coquette and chef John daSilva’s Chickadee. But the balance is changing: Schlesinger-Guidelli is one of several respected local names that are opening locations in the Seaport over the next year. Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen owner Nia Grace is opening a restaurant and live music venue called Grace by Nia later this spring. Fan-favorite udon shop Yume Ga Arukara is also expanding to the neighborhood, and local legend Lydia Shire is opening her first new project in over a decade at the Seaport sometime in 2024.