ICYMI: James’s Gate Restaurant Razed

The old building that housed the popular James's Gate restaurant was razed recently and fans mourned its loss. The building is now gone with a hole in the ground taking its place, but the James's Gate mural is still visible on the outside wall of the old Fernandez Spa building. James's Gate quickly closed in September 2015, even though the restaurant at the corner of South and McBride streets was still quite popular. The building was then sold to a developer in March 2016. In January 2017 the city's Zoning Board of Appeals approved a four-story mixed-use condo building that will be built on the site.

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Rendering of proposal for multi-use building at 5 McBride St., as of Dec. 7, 2016

4-Story Building at James’s Gate Site Wins OK From Neighborhood Group

The old James's Gate Pub will become 11 condos plus ground-floor retail in a four-story building approved this week by a key neighborhood group. The Zoning Committee of the JP Neighborhood Council voted 8-2 with one abstention to recommend support for a plan by local developer Stephen Ballas to transform the site at 5 McBride St. The proposal has been on the table for roughly a year. Wednesday marked at least the fifth community meeting about the project. While condos are nothing new in JP, the size of the proposed development and fact that it takes the place of a well-known pub have focused attention on the project.

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Rendering of previous proposal for The Gate, 5 McBride St.

Plan for Old James’s Gate Property Returns to Neighborhood Committee

One of the most-watched real estate developments in a neighborhood full of them returns to public debate this week. The former James's Gate site at 5 McBride St. will be on the docket Wednesday when the JP Neighborhood Council's Zoning Committee meets. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Farnsworth House, 90 South St., just a block from the abandoned pub. Proponents are pitching a four-story mixed-use building that would have 11 residential units and commercial space on the ground floor.

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Paul Byrne of The Gate, right, gestures toward Jose de la Rosa (white shirt) during a committee meeting of the JP Neighborhood Council on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

‘The Gate’ Aims for New Year’s Opening in Eggie

A reincarnation of James's Gate could swing open as soon as January, according to Paul Byrne, manager and owner of the proposed pub. "The Gate," as the new venue would be called, would open in the Egleston Square space occupied for the last four years by Coco's Lounge at 3171 Washington St. A neighborhood board voted unanimously to support the project at a hearing Tuesday. Byrne, a fixture in JP restaurant circles, co-owned James's Gate with Christy Page. The two parted ways over the abrupt closure of the McBride Street landmark a year ago in September.

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James’s Gate Cooperative Meeting After JPNDC Meeting on Thursday

The group looking to open a community-owned bar at the site of the former James's Gate restaurant will hold a public information session this Thursday. The James's Gate Cooperative group will meet Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Farnsworth House (90 South St.) after the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) holds its Development 101 Workshop at 6 p.m.

A website dedicated to the James's Gate Cooperative explains its motivation and purpose: "The motivation is not just about a bar, but rather the formation of a cooperatively owned and managed establishment that strives to uphold values of democracy, equality, self-responsibility, solidarity, and the formation of a sense of pride and place in one’s community. A bar, and more specifically a community-owned cooperative bar, is simply an ideal vehicle for doing so." There also could be space for a restaurant/bar at the site. Developer Stephen Ballas of Jamaica Plain, has proposed a five-story mixed-use development at the site called The Gate.

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