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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