BOStoday City Guide Live Banner

Coming soon: what not to miss in 2024

As Boston continues to grow, we’re keeping an eye on upcoming developments and recently opened businesses.

A skyline photo of downtown Boston at dusk.

There are so many new businesses and eateries coming soon.

Photo via @oschapov

Table of Contents

The below list of new businesses has been updated as of May 2024.

🗓️ Coming soon

Every time we look around, it seems like something new is popping up in Boston. Whether you’re looking for your next go-to brunch destination or a new public park to stretch your legs, we’re rounding up a few things coming soon to our city.

A rendering of the proposed soccer stadium on the waterfront in Everett.

Imagine pulling up to a soccer match via ferry on the waterfront in Everett.

Rendering provided by The Craft Group

Developments

Professional soccer stadium, Everett | Coming soon | The Kraft Group shared plans for the Revolution’s proposed soccer stadium development in Everett during a public hearing. Plans include re-zoning a portion of the waterfront to allow construction for the ~$500 million project. The 43-acre property is a decommissioned power plant and is located across from the Encore Boston Harbor casino.

Dorchester Bay City | Coming soon | Plans include a $5 billion, 21-building mixed-use project along Mount Vernon Street and Morrissey Boulevard. The transformational master plan outlines a 6,300-sqft public pavilion, 15 acres of open space, and nearly 2,000 apartments.

Allston Multimodal Project | Coming soon | This ~$2 billion project would reorganize highway, rail, and pedestrian infrastructure improving livability, connectivity, and open space for residents of the Allston neighborhood. The massive reconfiguration will bring the eight elevated lanes of I-90 to ground level, next to Soldiers Field Road along the Charles River.

Lyrik Back Bay | Opening summer 2024 | The new public plaza and green space over the Massachusetts Turnpike will bring a 450,000-sqft office and life sciences building, add 35,000-sqft of space for shops and restaurants, and an all-electric luxury hotel.

55 Summer Street | Coming soon | The ongoing renovation of the preexisting 10-story, 115,000 sf office property will convert it into life-sciences lab space. The renovation will include new bike facilities and significant enhancements to the 55 Summer Street Plaza.

9 Hamilton Boutique Hotel, 9 Hamilton Pl. | Coming soon | The renovation plans to update the existing three-story, 20,000-sqft office property into a 12-floor, 38,000-sqft boutique hotel with 80 rooms. The project is currently under construction.

The lab project will move into Allston's "innovation corridor." | Rendering by Epsilon Associates via BPDA

The lab project will move into Allston’s “innovation corridor.”

Rendering by Epsilon Associates via BPDA

Allston Labworks, 250, 280 and 305 Western Ave. | Opening in 2024 | The $585 million project with King Street Properties, Brookfield Asset Management, and Mugar Enterprises will span more than four acres across Western Avenue. We can expect 530,000 sqft of lab space, 20,000 sqft of retail space, and 35 residential units.

Allston Yards, 60 Everett St. | Opening in 2024 | This 10.6-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented development will be made up of residential, office, restaurant, fitness, and retail uses, including a grocery store, and a new one-acre public community space.

South Station Tower, Atlantic Avenue | Opening in 2025 | There will be a 51-story mixed-use glass tower directly above South Station, the busiest transit hub in Boston. The tower will include 711,500 sqft of office space and 166 condo units.

Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology Nubian Square Campus, 1011 Harrison Ave. | Opening in fall 2025 | The college recently broke ground on its new Roxbury location and is planning to relocate from South End to the new campus upon completion. The building will feature an active green roof design, recreational seating, and two outdoor classrooms.

A rendering of the outside of the Holocaust Museum in Boston.

The museum and educational center entrance is planned for Hamilton Place.

Rendering provided via Holocaust Legacy Foundation

Community

Holocaust Museum Boston, 125 Tremont St. | Coming soon | The Boston-based Holocaust Legacy Foundation has partnered with local architecture firm Schwartz/Silver Architects Inc. to design the new Holocaust Museum and Educational Center. The proposed museum is designed to reach six stories and cover 32,000 sqft, featuring interactive and immersive permanent exhibits + temporary exhibitions that will shine a light on current events.

Dani’s Queer Bar, 907 Boylston St. | Opening summer 2024 | The LGBTQ+ bar will focus on serving queer women in Boston, and will be located at the former Pour House bar in Back Bay.

Boston Public Library Chinatown Branch, 49-63 Hudson St. | Coming soon | The City awarded $11.8 million to redevelop Parcel R-1 to create over 100 income-restricted units with 17,700 sqft of space for a new Chinatown branch of the Boston Public Library.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families Community Center, Dorchester | Opening in 2025 | This first-of-its-kind full service center for the Grove Hill neighborhood will be built from the ground up in a vacant city lot. Officials are predicting ~three years until completion and a total cost of $50-60 million.

Embrace Center, Roxbury | Opening in 2027 | The 31,000-sqft community center at Parcel 3 will offer performance, gallery, and work spaces.

Life Time, Prudential Center | Opening late 2025 | The athletic country club plans to open a 59,000-sqft fitness center in the Prudential Center. The new facility will include strength equipment, studios for classes, and a spa with a sauna and cold plunge spaces.

A fresh latte on a wooden counter from the team behind Cafe Gloria.

Cafe Gloria will bring a latte of caffeinated drinks to East Boston.

Photo via @cafegloriabos

Dining

Café Gloria, 287 Maverick St., East Boston | Opening in 2024 | Will Isaza, the bar director for spots like Blossom Bar + Birds of Paradise, is opening a neighborhood coffee bar that will serve coffee, espresso, canned cold brew, and family recipe-inspired snacks.

Amba, 55 First St., East Cambridge | Opening summer 2024 | Will Gilson’s next concept will be located in the new First Street Market. The eatery will have a Mediterranean vibe and serve up rotisserie chicken, plus a variety of sides and condiments.

La Padrona, 40 Trinity Pl. | Opening summer 2024 | The Back Bay Italian spot is slated to open inside Raffles Boston. This new multi-story restaurant will serve up house-made pastas, local seafood, Italian meats, and artisan cheeses.

Darling, Cambridge’s Central Square | Opening winter 2024 | A new cocktail bar is in the works from Brian Callahan, a local bartender + beverage director. The space will also offer Dim Sum small plates.

Hendler Family Brewing Co. | Opening summer 2024 | Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers will purchase Wormtown Brewery and the acquisition of Worcester’s oldest brewery will come with a name change.

Levain Bakery, 101 Seaport Blvd. | Opening summer 2024 | The New York City-based bakery will be opening its second Boston location in the Seaport District. Known for the extra large cookie format, Levain will be serving up the six-ounce treats.

The Great American Beer Hall, 142 Mystic Ave., Medford | Opening summer 2024 | A new tap room-style beer facility will bring a 17,000-sqft beer hall will with an outdoor beer garden, mezzanine levels, an array of craft brews, and a potential in-house restaurant to Medford.

ButterBird, 112 Bond Sq., Watertown | Opening summer 2023 | From celebrity chef Jason Santos, this new Arsenal Yards spot will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving up breakfast sandwiches on biscuits, fried chicken sandwiches, and beignets.

Grace by Nia Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket | Opening summer 2024 | The second location will continue to serve Southern soul food with New England roots and live music. Think: Hush puppies, corn muffins, and lots of seafood.

Education

Harvard Research Enterprise Campus, 100-112 Western Ave. | Construction begins in 2023 | The 900,000-sqft campus will include retail, residential, office, and lab space, as well as a hotel, conference center, and restaurant.

A Rendering of the Boston Common renovations.

Expect more bathrooms, food options + athletic courts.

Rendering provided by Boston Parks and Recreation Department

Recreation

Boston Common | Big changes are coming over the next decade to America’s oldest park — including an expanded visitor center, more restrooms, a dine-in restaurant, and more accessible pathways. This summer, a new pop-up beer garden is expected to add a performance stage through a partnership with Trillium Brewing and students from Emerson College.

Franklin Park | A $23 million capital investment will transform Boston’s largest park with upgraded trails, play areas, athletic fields, and picnic sites. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

Reconnecting Chinatown, Shawmut Avenue and Washington Street | The City of Boston was awarded $1.8 million in federal funding to create a new community space in Chinatown in the area known as Parcel 21. The community is completing a study to add a possible park in the sky to the area above the highway.

Retail

A Sanctuary Cafe, 80 Charles St., Beacon Hill | Opening summer 2024 | This cozy cat cafe will combine locally sourced coffee with a micro-bookstore concept.

Residential

1234-1240 Soldiers Field Road | This mix-use project will create four new buildings — three residential, totaling over 500 condos and apartments, and one 11-story hotel on two connected sites. The project will feature 100% income-restricted housing and have retail space on the ground floor.

Flat 9 at Whittier, 100 Cabot St. | Mayor Wu and City officials broke ground on the final phase of the affordable housing development at the former Whittier Street Apartments in Lower Roxbury. Flat 9 at Whittier will create 316 mixed-income apartments and new commercial space.

✅ Now open

If there’s one thing we love even more than looking ahead to the future, it’s enjoying the present at one of Boston’s newest spots. Check out this list of Boston’s recently opened establishments.

Business

Amazon, North Andover | The online retail company opened its largest facility in Massachusetts with roughly four million sqft of space. The five-story warehouse cost about $400 million to build and will employ 1,500 people. It’s approximately the size of 66 football fields and can handle 100,000+ orders per day.

Community

Lenox Apartments, South End and Lower Roxbury | Now open | The 13-building complex was originally constructed in 1939. Upgrades to the 306 affordable units include new kitchens, bathrooms, in-unit washers and dryers, and additions to the community building.

BOS-Lineup-Food-Hall-Ariana-2024

The Lineup will be serving up Nachos in a Box, burritos, and bowls at Ariana.

Photo by Brian Samuels

Dining

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, 55 Boylston St., Ste. 5578, Chestnut Hill | The first of three new locations is now open at The Street Chestnut Hill. This New York-based ice cream shop has. wide variety of flavors, sundaes, and offers vegan scoops too. We tried the Finish Line Fudge Sundae made with honeycomb ice cream, topped with hot fudge, almonds, and whipped cream.

Citrus and Salt, 319 A St. | The new larger location features stunning murals, soft serve mimosas, and small plates like chilaquiles, blue crab empanadas, and grilled street corn.

bartaco, 100 Van Ness St., Ste. 106. | The third Massachusetts location offers an assortment of mouth-watering tacos, rice bowls, and desserts. Plus, exclusively at this location, create your own bucket-of-beers with four or six cans.

BE Pasta Bar, 1026 Commonwealth Ave. | Visit the new fast-casual pasta shop to build their own pasta plates, with different pasta, sauces, and toppings.

The Lineup Food Hall, 115 Federal St., Winthrop Center | A new food hall is on the menu for Downtown Boston, thanks to Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. The Lineup at The Connector offers five fast, casual food options designed for folks who work downtown, including pizza, burgers, tacos, and coffee.

Verveine Cafe & Bakery, 298 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge | The new eatery’s menu has European and Asian influences — items include a spicy chili biscuit breakfast sandwich, kimchi egg cheddar danish, and chicken shawarma.

Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co., 1 David Ortiz Dr. | Local brews are on tap at the new brewery and taproom located in the Fenway neighborhood. There is plenty of seating across the two levels, shareable bites, and local murals to check out.

F1 Arcade Bar.jpg

The only safe way to drink and drive.

Photo by Ian Wallman, courtesy of F1 Arcade

Recreation

F1 Arcade, 87 Pier 4 Blvd. | The arcade bar features the first F1 racing simulator in the US — check out our sneak peek of the spot on Instagram.

WNDR Museum, 500 Washington St. | Grab tickets to this new immersive experience with awe-inspiring interactive art, lounge, and shop. Here’s just a bit of what you can expect.

Retail

Dicks House of Sports, 760 Boylston St. | Step into the world of all things sports — the 120,000-sqft concept is the first in New England. Shop sporting gear and experience a range sporting activities, including a rock wall, golf simulator, and batting cages.

Away, 179 Newbury St. | Before your next vacation stop by the second location of this luggage boutique. Shop a variety of of travel essentials, including suitcases, bags, and accessories.

Flourish & Foundry, 30 Tremont St. | Find find high-quality pieces and curated home goods from local interior and event designers Marcus Hamblin and Sarah Marchione. From kitchen wares to dishes, glassware, linens, and specialty goods, this shop feels like a treasure hunt.

Bold Skin Babe Salon, 8 City Hall Ave. | Plan a visit to this new salon with leading estheticians, carefully crafted products, and a community that caters to providing quality care.

Oliver Peoples, 70 Pier 4 Blvd., Suite 400 | Each Oliver Peoples frame is hand crafted with careful attention to detail. Experience the customized experience at the new Seaport location.

Check out our other Guides
If you don’t have coffee already in hand, consider this your sign to grab some.
Plan your summer with plenty of festive events happening outside all summer long in Boston.
We’re highlighting the best parks that Boston has to offer — complete with athletic courts, dog areas, and waterfront views.
From lifting weights, indoor rock climbing, personal training, dance fitness, boxing classes, and martial arts programs — we’ve rounded up 26 gyms and fitness offerings around Boston.
From the Celtics to the Boston Renegades, we’re sharing all the details of Boston’s sports teams.
Prepare for spring weather in Boston with these seasonal temperature and precipitation outlooks from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.
We’re highlighting the best kid-friendly activities that Boston has to offer — complete with museum experiences, animal encounters, and outdoor fun.
Looking for the best places to watch the most exciting sports games of the season? We’ve got you covered.
Learn about the biggest industries and employers in the Boston metro area with this guide to local business.
To help make your Logan Airport experience as smooth as possible, we’ve created a guide that covers everything from the four terminals to parking and popular international flights.
BOStoday phone
Good news for Boston.
Get the best local news & events sent to your inbox each morning, for free.