A Sky-High co*cktail Lounge Is Coming to the Back Bay (2024)

Plus, haggis is back in Boston, a local dive bar is offering free hot dogs for life in exchange for a tattoo, and other food news to kick off the week.

By Rachel Leah Blumenthal·

A rendering of View Boston, which will include a three-story observation deck, indoor/outdoor co*cktail lounge, and bistro. / Rendering courtesy of Boston Properties

Welcome to our Monday news roundup, keeping you up to date on tidbits of Boston-area restaurant news. Got info that should be on our radar? Send an email.

Catch up on last week’s news

Our October issue is on newsstands now (subscribe here!), full of tasty ways to enjoy early fall—check out this guide to finding classic fall foods around New England, from stuffed clams in Rhode Island to apple cider in New Hampshire. You’ll also find a roundup of Boston’s best new bars and a review of Faccia Brutta, Back Bay’s new coastal Italian spot. Also last week, we rounded up a trio of outstanding Peruvian restaurants you should check out, especially if you love ceviche.

What else is going on?

  • Boston bid farewell to Top of the Hub in 2020; the sky-high restaurant, open for over five decades, offered stunning views, playing host to many a special-occasion dinner, work lunch, or jazz brunch over the years. The Prudential Center has now announced a replacement for the space that housed Top of the Hub and the Skywalk Observatory: View Boston, a three-story observation deck, plus a 50th-floor bistro and a 51st-floor indoor/outdoor co*cktail lounge. It’s expected to open sometime next year.
  • Remember the Hungry I, the romantic Beacon Hill restaurant that closed a few years back after a decades-long run? That space is now home to a gorgeous multi-level bookstore, . The bookstore itself is now open, and the cafe portion—which will serve breakfast, lunch, formal afternoon tea, and dinner—will open in the coming weeks, with chef Colleen Suhanosky at the helm. (She also owns Rifrullo Cafe in Brookline and is an alum of Gramercy Tavern in New York and the long-closed but beloved Biba in Boston.)
  • A judge intends to dismiss the federal lawsuit filed by several North End restaurant owners against Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. The restaurant owners argued that Wu’s 2022 outdoor dining policy was unconstitutional in that it specifically targeted North End businesses with extra fees. (Here’s the background on the lawsuit, conveniently reimagined in musical theater form by the Dig.) The judge is giving the restaurants two weeks to file an amended complaint.
  • Scottish restaurant the Haven is settling into its huge new Jamaica Plain space, and there’s good news for Scottish food lovers: Haggis is back on the menu. Also, boozy crème brûlée.
  • Remember , the South End co*cktail bar that hosted a different culinary pop-up every six months or so? It closed at the start of the pandemic, but it has announced a comeback, reopening sometime this fall. Keep an eye on Instagram for updates.
  • Allston dive bar the Silhouette Lounge, which came under new management earlier this year, sells cheap hot dogs ($1 to $3.50, depending on the day and time)—but you know what’s cheaper than cheap? Free. Just get a permanent Silhouette-themed tattoo, and the Sil staff will hook you up with a free hot dog each time you visit, forever.

Get one of these babies for free every time you visit the Sil—all you need is a Sil-themed (permanent) tattoo. / Photo by the Silhouette Lounge

Things to do

Be sure to check out our weekly roundup of great events in and around the city, from music and theater to festivals and art exhibits. Here are a few upcoming food events that’ve caught our eye; follow the links for pricing, timing, and other pertinent info:

  • Play “Buffalo roulette” in Brighton at Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen’s Hell Night on October 12, featuring cauliflower, wings, and boneless tenders in a variety of flavors, including the fiery ghost chili.
  • Celebrate Halloween all month long at South End tropical bar Shore Leave, now dubbed Scare Leave and featuring spooky decor, themed co*cktails, and a variety of special events.
  • On the North Shore? Speakeasy Donuts is popping up inside Deacon Giles Distillery in Salem on a handful of October evenings for your Halloween-themed doughnut needs. Preordering is required, so be sure to plan ahead. Choose from a long list of scary film characters or request your favorite.
  • Tickets are now on sale for our very own Taste event! This year’s food- and drink-filled extravaganza will be on November 1 at the beautiful SoWa Power Station in the South End. Get to know some of the city’s top chefs and restaurants while enjoying live entertainment, drinks, and a huge lineup of dishes—stay tuned for details on the restaurants that will be attending.

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Rachel Leah BlumenthalFood Editor


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What restaurant replaced Top of the Hub Boston? ›

BOSTON - "View Boston," the city's newest attraction, opened to the public Thursday. The three-floor observatory atop the Prudential Tower replaced the "Top of The Hub" restaurant and Skywalk Observatory, which closed three years ago.

What restaurant was at the top of the Prudential in Boston? ›

Take your dining experience to new heights after enjoying all View Boston has to offer. The Beacon Bistro features 33 miles of breathtaking views, a 22-seat window facing bar and seasonal beverages and bites. The Beacon is located in View Boston on the 50th floor of Prudential Tower.

What is going in at the top of the Prudential Center? ›

The 52nd floor: Upon arrival at View Boston's entrance inside the Pru's mall, visitors will take dedicated elevators up to an indoor observatory on the top floor with panoramic views. The 51st floor: One floor down is a wraparound outdoor roof deck, plus an indoor/outdoor co*cktail bar with drinks and small plates.

Did the top of the hub reopen? ›

It closed in April 2020 after 54 years. In October 2022, it was announced that on the top three floors of the Prudential Tower, in the 59,000 square foot space, the previously closed observatory would reopen, as well as a bistro scheduled to open in 2023.

What is the oldest restaurant in the United States Boston? ›

The Union Oyster House is both the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the country-its doors first opened to diners in 1826 when it was founded by Hawes Atwood.

Who owns top of the hub? ›

On Wednesday, Select Restaurants, Inc., which owns and operates the restaurant and observatory, announced in a press release that the last day for both destinations will be April 18. The decision to not renew the venues' leases was attributed to Boston Properties Inc., owners of The Prudential Tower.

What is the oldest steakhouse in Boston? ›

Frank's is Boston's oldest established steak house.

What is the oldest pub in Boston? ›

Bell in Hand Tavern served its first drink back in 1795 and is America's oldest continuously operating tavern (except during Prohibition, which shut down every legitimate bar in the U.S.). It's located around the corner from the Green Dragon, in Boston's historic downtown.

Who owned the No Name restaurant in Boston? ›

No Name was opened by Nick Contos in 1917 as a stand to serve the fishermen workers on the pier but over time, turned into a full service restaurant. The Contos family never named the restaurant.

What is the tallest building in Boston? ›

The tallest structure in Boston is the 60-story 200 Clarendon, better known to locals as the John Hanco*ck Tower, which rises 790 feet (241 m) in the Back Bay district. It is also the tallest building in New England and the 80th-tallest building in the United States.

Can you still go to the top of the John Hanco*ck building in Boston? ›

Hanco*ck tower here in Boston has closed their observatory in 2001 after 9/11 and it hasn't been reopened since and there are companies that occupy the floor it was on now.

Why is the Prudential Skywalk closed? ›

"The closures are the result of the decision of Boston Properties Inc., owners of The Prudential Tower, not to provide a new lease for the venues despite several years of discussion," Select Restaurants, Inc., the owner and operator of the restaurant and observatory, said in a statement.

How much does it cost to go up the Prudential Center in Boston? ›

Ticket prices start at $34.99 for general admission, which gives access to all three levels of the observatory. Other packages priced at $44.99 and $54.99 let visitors skip the lines and include credits to use on retail or restaurant purchases.

Is View Boston worth it? ›

Definitely go when you are in Boston if you like the view. Great way to see the sunset and then the city all lit up. This experience far exceeded my expectations!

Who owns View Boston? ›

BXP, the owner of View Boston, announced that each floor of the new observatory will have its own name.

Can you still go to the top of the Prudential building? ›

Ascend to the top of Prudential Tower's 52nd floor for incredible indoor panoramic views of the city, no matter where you stand. The journey continues on the 51st floor where you will find plenty of photo opportunities as you roam the 360-degree open air roof deck and stop to enjoy beverages with a view at Stratus.

What was the original name of the restaurant chain now known as Boston Market? ›

The chain first opened in 1985 as Boston Chicken, according to The New York Times. In the '90s and 2000s it became a novelty (and some might argue it still is). Boston Market's meats — especially the rotisserie chicken — and sides became an elevated version of TV dinners.

What was the original name of the restaurant now known as Boston Market? ›

Boston Market Corporation, known as Boston Chicken until 1995, is an American fast casual restaurant chain headquartered in Golden, Colorado.


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