Fuji At West Of Chestnut Opens In Downtown Quincy

JP Fuji Group founders Jimmy Liang and Peter Tse, together with Gate Residential, announced Jan. 9th the official opening of Fuji at West of Chestnut, a 5,000-square-foot Japanese fusion restaurant in downtown Quincy.

The 128-seat Fuji at West of Chestnut will serve a variety of authentic Japanese fare, including sushi and other dishes with a Cantonese influence. It also features “WoC”-fried rice, a signature dish made with shrimp, Char Siu, egg, zucchini, onion, peas, and scallions that is sure to satisfy any cravings.

Fuji at West of Chestnut will also serve Omakase — a Japanese phrase that means ‘I’ll leave it up to you’ — in their state of the art Private Chefs Kitchen. The Private Chefs Kitchen consists of a private kitchen and dining room. The dining room seats 12 guests and allows them to watch as chefs prepare their Omakase.

“The Private Chefs Kitchen is reservation only and its availability will be communicated via an email list,” Liang says. Hopeful guests of the Private Chefs Kitchen can add themselves to the email list by reaching out to blairli@jpfujigroup.com.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the opening of Fuji at West of Chestnut, and excited to be one of the anchor lifestyle features in the heart of the hottest development in Quincy,” added Liang – a Quincy native who began building JP Fuji Group when he was 19-years-old. “Fuji at West of Chestnut is our largest space to date, and it offers a unique dining experience with authentic Japanese-fusion fare. Our new restaurant is the perfect addition to complement a thriving and growing dining scene in downtown Quincy.”

Fuji at West of Chestnut is the 10th location to date for the JP Fuji Group, named the 2016 Small Business of the Year by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Liang founded Fuji Restaurant in Wollaston with his best friend and partner Peter Tse in 1998, which ultimately evolved into Fuji 1546 on Hancock Street. Over the past 18 years, together with their other partners, Liang and Tse created the JP Fuji Group – with restaurants in Quincy, Kendall Square, Assembly Square Somerville, and the South End.

Fuji at West of Chestnut is the second commercial amenity to open at West of Chestnut.

“The opening of Fuji marks another major milestone for West of Chestnut, and we’re excited that our residents and people throughout the region will have the opportunity to experience this outstanding restaurant,” said Kyle Warwick, a principal at Gate Residential. “We put a lot of effort into bringing the right mix of retail, dining and lifestyle amenities to West of Chestnut and we’re proud to have the opportunity to work with Jimmy, who always creates best in class, premium dining experiences.”

KKatie’s Burger at West of Chestnut opened in December. In the coming months, Fuji at West of Chestnut will be joined by two additional commercial amenities — Café Gelato and Orangetheory Fitness.

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KKatie’s Burger Bar Celebrates Opening At West Of Chestnut

Gate Residential and KKatie’s owners announce the official opening of KKatie’s Burger Bar at West of Chestnut. The 2,600 square foot, family-owned and operated restaurant known for its signature half-pound burgers is located in the heart of downtown Quincy.

KKatie’s at West of Chestnut offers a daily late-night menu and live entertainment on Saturday evenings. The restaurant serves a delicious menu ofsignature half-pound burgers, chicken sandwiches, soups, salads and more – each offering a large selection of house made toppings prepared with the finest quality ingredients. Gluten-free and low carb selections are also available, along with a fine array of local craft beers, spirits and wine.

“We’re thrilled to announce the opening of KKatie’s Burger Bar at West of Chestnut,” said Keith Steiding, president of KKatie’s Inc. “It’s incredibly exciting to be a cornerstone of this community that’s located in the heart of Quincy Center. So much is happening in downtown Quincy and we hope customers will have the opportunity to experience our unique menu and live entertainment.”

KKatie’s at West of Chestnut is the fourth location to be opened by owners Steiding and Kate McSorley. KKatie’s is a local favorite across Southeastern Massachusetts and its other locations include Plymouth, Marshfield, and Hyannis. KKatie’s has won many awards – including Best Burger by South Shore Living.

In the coming months, KKatie’s Burger Bar at West of Chestnut will be joined by three more commercial amenities – Fuji at West of Chestnut, Café Gelato and Orangetheory Fitness. Earlier this fall, Gate Residential celebrated the opening of the West of Chestnut residential community, a joint venture with landowner Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Quincy Mutual, which has been in continuous operation in Quincy since it was founded in 1851, is a major investor in the downtown redevelopment.

“The opening of KKatie’s is an important milestone for West of Chestnut, and a tremendous complement to the other retail, dining and lifestyle amenities at this unique community located in Quincy Center,” said Kyle Warwick, a principal at Gate Residential. “From a phenomenal menu to superb live entertainment and late-night dining options, KKatie’s Burger Bar is the ideal restaurant amenity to attract or residents and individuals throughout the area.”

For a limited time, people who take tours of one of West of Chestnut’s brand new, luxury apartments will receive a $10 gift card for KKatie’s Burger Bar. For more information contact the West of Chestnut leasing office at 617-769-0040 or via email at wocquincy@dolben.com

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Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance Staff Volunteer At Cradles To Crayons

Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance staff (http://peaktherapy.com) recently volunteered with Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with essential items they need.

Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons takes new and gently used children’s good that are donated from families, individuals, corporations and product drives held by community groups. The organization depends on volunteers to come to their warehouse to inspect, sort and package all donations into “C2C KidPacks,” individualized packages of essential children’s items ordered for specific kids living in need. Social service agency partners place orders for the children they serve and distribute them directly to the children.

The volunteer team included Eric Edelman of Norwell,  Jackie Defreitas DPT of Milton, Rachel Laufer DPT of Weymouth, Laura Barron DPT of Newton, Ryan Burke DPT  of Quincy, Cheryl O’Malley PTA of Scituate, Leslie Cook of Marshfield, Rachel Healy of Marshfield, Shannon Delaney of Quincy, Jeanine Jernegan PT  of Kingston, Meghan Harrington DPT of Quincy and Erica Hicks DPT, of Weymouth.

“Our team had a great day volunteering at Cradles to Crayons,” said Eric Edelman, PT, Founder of Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance. “The concept of connecting people who have with people who are in need is inspiring and we encourage people to support this important children’s charitable organization.”

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West Of Chestnut Signs Deal With Café Gelato

Gate Residential has signed an agreement to bring Café Gelato to West of Chestnut in downtown Quincy.

Café Gelato is a specialty restaurant that will feature artisan gelato, premium coffee, and an assortment of fresh sandwiches, pastries and salads. The agreement adds another addition to the urban lifestyle amenities at West of Chestnut – a 169-unit luxury apartment community located just steps from the Quincy Center MBTA station.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Café Gelato will open its first location at West of Chestnut in the heart of downtown Quincy,” said Denise Santini, co-owner of Café Gelato. “It’s always been our dream to open a café that features artisan gelato and other specialty items set in a dynamic urban location. We’re excited that Café Gelato will complement the other outstanding amenities at West of Chestnut and become a part of the growing and vibrant downtown that is Quincy Center.”

Café Gelato is co-owned by Denise Santini, Giancarlo Baldini and Daniele Buzza who live in Quincy. The 1,700-square-foot café will feature artisan gelato made onsite in an open-concept lab by Buzza, who is an ice cream maker from Italy. Buzza trained under a gelato master in Italy and perfected his craft there. Café Gelato offers fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, pastries and other items. The café is expected to open in January 2017.

Santini also owns Casa Razdora, a fresh, made-from-scratch Italian restaurant in downtown Boston that serves a delicious selection of Italian home cooking rooted in tradition.

“Café Gelato, with its unique menu and fresh ingredients, will be a tremendous addition to West of Chestnut and downtown Quincy,” said Kyle Warwick, a principal in Gate Residential – developer of West of Chestnut. “We’ve developed a strategy to bring the very best amenities to West of Chestnut, and Café Gelato, along with Fuji and KKatie’s Burger Bar, will offer a premier onsite dining experience for West of Chestnut residents and other visitors to Quincy Center.”

Other establishments occupying space at West of Chestnut will be Japanese fusion restaurant Fuji, KKatie’s Burger Bar and Orangetheory Fitness. The new restaurants and fitness studio are key components of Gate Residential’s overall strategy to bring a premier mix of retail, dining and outward-facing lifestyle amenities to the West of Chestnut community they are creating in downtown Quincy.

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Quincy Center Convenience Store Gets Beer, Wine License

By SCOTT JACKSON

City officials granted a retail beer and wine license to a convenience store inside the Munroe Building in Quincy Center over the objection of several residents and nearby business owners.

The Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a transfer of the retail beer and wine license previously held by Franklin Beer & Wine, 55 Franklin St., to Richdale Convenience at 1205 Hancock St.

The approval means Richdale Convenience, which is already open inside the Munroe Building, will soon be able to sell beer and wine on site. Sales of alcohol there will be permitted between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Additional license board approval would be needed if the store’s owner, Paritosh Patel, wished to sell beer and wine starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Patel owns several Richdale stores on the North Shore, and also owns a liquor store at 380 Granite St. in Brewers Corner.

Health Commissioner Drew Scheele, the chairman of the license board, read six letters opposing the license transfer. Among those opposed were the owners of two other businesses in the Munroe Building.

Lisa Lamme, owner of Gypsy Kitchen at 1241 Hancock St., was one of those opposed. She said the immediate area in Quincy Center already has enough stores selling beer and wine – her shop sells wine and craft beer, and Goodies Minimart inside Presidents Place at 1250 Hancock St. does as well – and more unique retail is needed to improve the downtown.

“What is so revolutionary about another convenience store having a wine and malt license that is going to improve Quincy Center? Moving forward with this license transfer does not benefit the city that is creating unique shopping experiences for customers,” Lamme said.

“Quincy needs to attract shopping boutiques, gift stores, clothing shops and other unique retail.”

Lesley Tzanetos, owner of Gunther Tooties at 1253 Hancock St., said the area around the Quincy Center MBTA station is beset with vandalism, drug dealing, begging, and “unconscious drunk people laying around.”

“We should work together to keep those bad behaviors out of the area [and] not encourage them by having another liquor store outside of the T station,” Tzanetos said,

Squantum resident Faye Anderson also opposed the transfer in a letter to the board, saying Quincy should focus on other business types –a high-quality Thai restaurant or movie theater, for example – to boost the downtown.

“Another liquor license to a convenience store in the center of Quincy is redundant. Let’s think of other types of businesses and services to revitalize the City of Presidents,” Anderson said.

Rob Fleming, the attorney representing Patel, said applicant has been proactive in addressing concerns regarding the Brewers Corner location and would be at the Quincy Center store as well – and said beer and wine would just be another product for Richdale’s customers.

“It really has to be thought of us not just an entity or a store that sells beer and wine. This is a store of convenience. He services the residents of Munroe Place as well as others in the area. This is just another product he will be selling,” Fleming said.

“He’s been operating on Granite Street for the last 10 months. He’s been proactive in doing things there to address any concerns that that area has had…I feel he’ll do that here as well.”

Patel said he plans to install additional surveillance cameras inside the store, and will use a special ID scanner to card all patrons under the age of 35.

Police Chief Paul Keenan said the beer and wine license would neither add to nor detract from the area, and would simply give Patel permission to sell additional items in his store.

“What he’s looking to do is just sell two more products – essentially –beer and wine. We wouldn’t be having this discussion if he was talking about milk and bread. He sells convenience items, beer and wine are a convenience item, so I don’t have any real objection to it,” Keenan said.

“I don’t think it’s going to add to the area, but I don’t think it’s going to detract from the area either.”

In other business Tuesday, the Board of License Commissioners:

Approved a common victualler license for Five Guys Burgers & Fries, which is set to open inside Presidents Place at 1250 Hancock St., in the storefront previously home to Weight Watchers. Owner Sean Olson said he hopes to open by the end of the December and the Quincy Center location will offer the burgers, fries, shakes and free peanuts the chain is known for.

Returned the all alcohol license previously transferred to Beachcomber Bounty Inc. back to Boulevard Haven Inc., the operator of the now closed Beachcomber on Quincy Shore Drive. The two entities had reached an agreement to sell the Beachcomber that fell through once a man who collected $1.3 million from investors failed to show up at the closing earlier this fall.  The man, who called himself Eugene Grathwohl, is wanted by police and believed to be behind fraud cases in New York and Florida.

Approved a one-day beer and wine license for the Houghs Neck Chili Fest, which is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2017, at the Houghs Neck Congregational Church, 310 Manet Ave.

Approved a one-day liquor license for the Haiti Health Alliance, which is scheduled for Saturday inside 108 Myrtle St. in North Quincy.

Continued to a future meeting the request of George Athanasopoulos for a common victualler license for the 1054 Hancock St., currently the Early American. The hearing was continued because the applicant was not present.

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