By Seth Daniel
The lead singer of the Dropkick Murphy’s will continue to expand his restaurant business by opening a small-plate, speakeasy type restaurant in the South End’s Ink Block this coming fall.
Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphy’s will join forces with his business partner, Brian O’Donnell, to open Bottled in Bond, in the mid-block of the Ink Block.
“It’s a really cool, speakeasy type of place with small plate food and a very fun environment,” said Ted Tye of National Development during the New York Streets Neighborhood Association meeting on June 27. “They have not yet started construction, but we believe they will be open in September or October. They have the building permit and are ready to start construction.”
The duo purchased and recently opened a pub in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester – completely refurbishing an old neighborhood bar.
On the residential side of things, Siena condominiums – the second condo building in the development behind Sepia, will begin construction next month.
“We got permission to drive piles from ISD this week and that will go on in July and August,” said Tye. “That will finish the block and leave us with on building to go where Transit Insurance is now standing.”
Siena will debut with 76 condo units in a mix of studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms. It is located on the corner of Albany and Traveler Streets.
In that same area of the block, the southbound billboard has been approved for demolition by the City. The state Outdoor Advertising Board must review the request still and that approval is expected, but pending. That will leave only the northbound billboard in place, and it will be digitized.
Meanwhile, Bar Mezzana has recently opened and is operating regularly, with outdoor seating added.
Sweetgreen Restaurant has started construction and is expected to open in late summer.
Fuji @Ink Block is also under construction and is expected to open in July.
CorePower Yoga, located on Traveler Street, is expected to open in September.
Other retail already open include the Whole Foods, Turnstyle Fitness, and Capital One Cafe.