CANARY SQ.— A new restaurant due to open at 435 S. Huntington Ave., asked the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA) for a favorable recommendation in its application for a permanent seasonal patio permit at the JPA’s August 2 meeting. The motion passed unopposed.
Under the old permits, the new restaurant, named Canary Square, like its predecessor, The Alchemist, would have to apply for a seasonal patio permit every year.
From April to October, the 52 outdoor seats will be distributed in two dining areas, along Moraine Street and S. Huntington Avenue, to avoid over-crowding the sidewalk.
Amended to the recommendation was the proviso that it would apply only to the current owners.
The new restaurant will be just that—a restaurant. While entertainment will be occasionally provided, unlike the Alchemist, the focus will be on comestibles, Jim Cochener, one of the owners, said.
“Some places try and do both, but it just leads to an identity crisis,” Cochener said. “We really want it to be a restaurant/bar, with quality food and quality drinks.”
Canary Square is under construction, and is expected to open by mid-October, said the owners.
JP resident Michael Moxley and co-owner Cochener own the Allston bar Common Ground and the Coda Bar and Kitchen in the Back Bay.