Doyle’s Cafe Project Approved By BPDA; New Restaurant, Housing, Commercial Space Coming

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved a project that will encompass the shell of the historical Doyle's Cafe building. The BPDA tweeted about it yesterday. The proposed project includes a renovation of the old Doyle's building, and a roof deck would be added. The interior could fit 100 people (post-COVID), and 100 more on the deck, which elevators would be added to make it ADA compliant. Lee Goodman of WaterMark Development has said that there would be murals in the same style of the ones that adorned the walls of the original Doyle's.

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Update Meeting: Doyle’s Cafe Project on Sept. 23

There will be a virtual public meeting about the proposed project on the site of the shuttered Doyle's Cafe on Sept. 23. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting the meeting about the project located at 3478-3484 Washington St. The purpose of this meeting is to continue discussing the project. There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A and comments from the public.

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Rendering of proposed development at 3478 Washington St.

No Bites Yet for Small Grocery in Doyle’s Block Redevelopment

When neighbors discuss what businesses they want, grocery stores are a perennial favorite. And that's the plan for the re-development of the Doyle's block: A small grocery store, in addition to a new restaurant and condos. So far, however, no grocer has agreed to move in to what would be a 4,178 square-foot space at the corner of Washington and Gartland. That doesn't trouble Lee Goodman, the JP native who's heading up the renovations. Goodman told Jamaica Plain News he'd sent the plans to six or eight grocers.

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Will Doyle’s Be Revived? Community Meeting to Discuss Upcoming Project

While it won't be the Doyle's Pub that you, your father, your father's father, and his father, grew up with -- there is a proposed project to revive the pub that closed last year after 137 years of serving the community. The Save Doyle's Cafe Facebook page posted an update with a flyer for an Oct. 1 community meeting. "Priorities have shifted these past few months as we struggle through this pandemic and all of us take stock of what is dear. While we know there are more pressing issues at this time, we also know that our community will recover and life will resume some day.

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Doyle’s Cafe Lives…Online Through Image Gallery

While locals work to establish Doyle's Cafe as a historic landmark, a new online digital gallery debuted displaying the many items that once decorated the walls of the beloved restaurant. The Boston Public Library, Digital Commonwealth, and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society worked together to launch the new online collection. During the November 6th auction of many things, including the memorabilia on the walls, the fixtures, kitchen equipment and more, dozens of Doyle's regulars worked with the BPL to create the online collection. Buyers agreed to loan their items to the BPL, where they were digitized in the library’s on-site digitization lab. “Digitizing the history of Doyle’s was an easy choice for the library,” said Tom Blake, Director of Content Discovery at the Boston Public Library via press release.

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