Butcher & Bee Requests BAR Approval for New Venture

A new project associated with Butcher & Bee is on this afternoon’s Board of Architectural Review agenda.

David Thompson Architects, the firm responsible for the design of Butcher & Bee, is slated to ask the board to grant conceptual approval for renovation of 652 King St., a 1940s building roughly in front of the popular restaurant. According to the agenda, the renovations will include “new windows, paint and tile.”

It’s impossible to tell from the submitted sketches exactly what’s in store for the venue, and owner Michael Shemtov is staying mum on the subject. But there are a few illustrated hints: Whatever is within the building will be known as The Daily: By Butcher & Bee. In the drawings, baguettes and beer growlers are visible through the frosted windows. So perhaps it’s a provisions shop? Have a look for yourself here.

Jestine’s Kitchen Back in Business Next Week

jkkitchenJestine’s Kitchen, which last month shut down in the midst of lunch service, is planning to re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.

Jessica Grossman of Jestine’s Sweet Shop shared the news in an e-mail, but didn’t elaborate on what diners should expect when the tourist favorite returns. Jestine’s Sweet Shop remained open throughout the restaurant’s hiatus.

It’s still not clear what caused Jestine’s owner Dana Berlin Strange to close the restaurant on Aug. 22 without warning: According to social media reports, Strange shooed away customers, declaring the restaurant would never re-open.

The restaurant’s windows were papered over days after the closure with butcher paper on which the oddly-spelled phrase “closed for remolding” was handwritten.

Strange in 1996 opened Jestine’s Kitchen to honor her family’s longtime housekeeper. Jestine Matthews died the following year at age 112, but her namesake restaurant continued to attract acclaim from the national press and remarkably long lines.