Tall Ship Floating Bar Receives Five-Year Extension – East Boston Times-Free Press
While Roseland backed out of its commitment to develop the current Pier I pier, Massport scrambled to fill a void.
With no future residential development on the horizon and an already established interim tenant who successfully led the activation of the pier last season, Massport’s board voted unanimously last week latest to extend Navy Yard Hospitality Group’s (NYHG) lease at Pier I for five years. .
In July, NYHG launched Eastie Landing, an outdoor dining concept that includes a tall ship and a large patio on Pier I. Throughout the summer and fall, thousands of people flocked to Eastie Landing to experience the Tall Ship Bar, an outdoor patio with seating, lawn games and private areas. food options as well as food truck vendors and shipping containers that have been converted into patio bars and retail stores.
“A year ago, Roseland developed a partnership with NYHG, led by Charlie Warner, a local restaurateur, and identified (Eastie Landing) as an opportunity to implement interim use on the pier,” Warren Fields said. , member of the Board of Directors of Massport. “So under a one-year deal with Roseland last summer, Warner launched the tall ship around the corner from the pier. ‘had spawned on the wharf. On top of that he made a number of investments in landside infrastructure and support, including some on the wharf and really created quite a bit of a public realm out of nothing. dynamic.
More than 200,000 guests visited Eastie Landing last season, and NYHG hosted music and dance performances and partnered with a number of East Boston community organizations, Zumix.
Fields said the five-year lease will be between Massport and NYHG and will give NYHG a chance to continue to run the operation successfully, but with an annual review under the lease so Massport can assess how it’s doing.
Unlike NYHG’s lease with Roseland, Massport will require a security plan.
“We understand that NYHG has already engaged with former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and other law enforcement professionals to help shape the security plan and ensure that it this is a solid plan that reduces any impact on the neighborhood,” Fields said.
On-site valet parking will also be expanded to address and reduce any impact to off-site parking.
“We will continue this to monitor noise volumes and keep them below city standards,” Fields said.
With most guests coming to Eastie Landing via a free water taxi offered by NYHG, Fields said NYHG will add another water taxi in the future.
“NYHG has some pretty exciting ideas for continued community engagement,” Fields said. “One of them, which is still in its infancy, is the potential for a free public skating rink next winter, which would be a pretty great on-site seasonal opportunity for the neighborhood.”
Massport will receive rent from NYHG as well as a percentage of gross income.
“I think it’s a great solution from Massport to do something with this pier because right now we have to figure out what we’re going to do long term,” Fields said.