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How Eventide Fenway pays homage to New England seafood shacks

The new restaurant is now open in Boston.
Eventide Fenway
Get the scoop on Eventide Fenway. Photo by Zack Bowen / Knack Factory

Whether it's a meaty lobster roll or a towering plate of freshly shucked oysters, Bostonians can't get enough seafood. Now locals can feast on their favorite dishes right next door to Fenway Park.

Eventide Oyster Co. is bringing the best of Maine seafood to the Hub with its new restaurant Eventide Fenway. Located on Boylston Street, the counter-style eatery is the latest offering from co-owners Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, who took home the 2017 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the northeast for their work at Eventide in Portland.

As a Newton native, Taylor tells Metro that he's excited to be back in the Boston area and can't wait to add to the city's constantly evolving culinary scene.

"As we were looking for the first place to expand outside of Portland, Boston seemed like a natural fit," Taylor says. "As for Fenway, we really love the energy and development occurring here. It’s a growing neighborhood that has a great proximity to customers – fans on game day, office workers, residents in the new apartment buildings, students from the nearby colleges."

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While Eventide Fenway boasts many of the same, great seafood options as the Maine location, the new restaurant forgoes fine dining, sit-down service for a more casual set-up.

According to Wiley, fans can expect a larger version of Eventide's famous brown butter lobster roll, as well as an oyster list featuring choices from Maine and Massachusetts. The menu will also include a rotating selection of specials from Chef de Cuisine Ian Maschal that will be exclusive to the Boston location.

Dubbed a "fine-casual" concept, Eventide Fenway allows its patrons to choose their own seats as well as pay for their food and drink via staff members using tablets. Once an order is placed, customers can watch the meal come together behind a counter or wait at their seat for a text message to confirm that the food is ready.

Guests who need another bite or glass of wine or beer can place orders through additional staff members in the sit-down area.

"As opposed to recreating the experience of Eventide in Portland, we wanted to do something a little more casual," says co-owner and general manager Arlin Smith. "It is fun and easy, a sort of homage to the window walk-up seafood shacks that dot the New England coast."

If you go:

Eventide Fenway, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 1321 Boylston St., Boston, eventideoysterco.com

 
 
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