Five City Condos Asking Under $500,000

Spanning from Charlestown to Jamaica Plain.

By Madeline Bilis | Home & Property |

boston condos under 500k

Photo via Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential

1. 1 Achorn Circle #1, Jamaica Plain
Price: $469,000
Size: 996 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1

boston condos under 500k

Photo via Keller Williams Realty

2. 565 Massachusetts Avenue #6, South End
Price: $465,000
Size: 522 square feet
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1

boston condos under 500k

Photo via Donnelly + Co.

3. 45 First Avenue #105, Charlestown
Price: $469,000
Size: 500 square feet
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1

boston condos under 500k

Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

4. 92 Elm Street #1, Charlestown
Price: $499,000
Size: 640 square feet
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1

boston condos under 500k

Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

5. 42 8th Street #4106, Charlestown
Price: $424,900
Size: 463 square feet
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2017/09/22/condos-asking-under-500k/


An Amazing Stephen King Book Announcement from College Resurfaces

The picture is... really something.

By Spencer Buell | Boston Daily |

A photo and news clip of Stephen King, the author behind some of the most famous horror novels in history, has resurfaced this week, and, hoo boy, is it something.

A bedraggled and, let’s say, enthusiastic looking King is pictured along with an announcement that the University of Maine Class of 1970 graduate’s book had been picked up in a lucrative deal was shared widely on Twitter. “Amazing,” notes Todd Spencer, a writer in Los Angeles.

Amazing, indeed.

The book was Carrie. You may have heard of it. The story about a telekinetic high school student would eventually be adapted into a classic horror movie of the same name—just one of the many King stories to be picked up by Hollywood. The clip from the school newspaper, Maine Campus, notes that King’s book was first picked up for $2,500 plus royalties for the hardcover version, then by the New American Library nabbed paperback rights for $400,000.

You may also have heard that a film remake of King’s book-turned-movie It premieres is now in theaters and terrifying the nation once again.

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2017/09/22/stephen-king-college/


The Best Food Instagrams of the Week

It is easy being green.

By Jacqueline Cain | Boston Magazine |

Welcome to our weekly series where we round up the most appetizing foodstagrams, droolworthy drinks, and cool insights into local #cheflife. Want to be featured? Use the hashtag #bosfeed—we’ll choose five favs every Friday.


Looks like today’s lunch, eh?

This looks good to the bone.

Layers of deliciousness.

It is easy being green!

Favorite type of noods @littlebigdiner

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Have you checked out Pareja at Wink & Nod yet? Go for the tapas, stay for the cocktails.

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/2017/09/22/best-food-instagrams-september-22/


Five Chic Open Houses in the South End

Tour them this weekend.

By Madeline Bilis | Home & Property |

south end open houses

Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

1. A Stylish Two-Bedroom Abode
81 Waltham Street #3, South End
Price: $799,000
Size: 758 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1

Open houses: Saturday, September 23, 12-2 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

south end open houses

Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

2. A Parlor Duplex in Eight Streets
47 Milford Street #1, South End
Price: $1,699,000
Size: 1,550 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2

Open houses: Saturday, September 23, 12-1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 12-1:30 p.m.

south end open houses

Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

3. A Loft-Style Condo with Cathedral Views
1411 Washington Street #18, South End
Price: $599,000
Size: 824 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1

Open houses: Sunday, September 23, 12-1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Photo via Keller Williams Realty

4. A Sleek Unit on Columbus Avenue
325 Columbus Avenue #4, South End
Price: $1,783,000
Size: 1,622 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2

Open houses: Saturday, September 23, 12-1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 1:30-3 p.m.

south end open houses

Photo via Keller Williams Realty

5. A Garden Duplex at the Royal
407 Shawmut Avenue #2, Boston
Price: $1,385,000
Size: 1,704 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2.5

Open houses: Saturday, September 23, 12-1 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2017/09/22/chic-open-houses-south-end/


Drink This Now: Berkshire Smoke and Peat Bourbon

Berkshire Mountain Distillers' Scotch barrel-aged whiskey is ideal for fall in New England.

By Jacqueline Cain | The Feed |

Berkshire Smoke and Peat Bourbon Whiskey

Photo by Martin Albert provided

Rain showers are forecasted in Boston to usher in the first couple days of autumn—and that’s a perfect reason to add a new bottle of brown booze to your bar cart. A smoky Scotch, perhaps? Or a smooth American bourbon? With Smoke and Peat Berkshire Bourbon Whiskey, the newest product in Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ lineup, you don’t have to choose.

“I am not sure if it’s a complicated bourbon, or if it’s a beginner Scotch,” says Berkshire Mountain founder Chris Weld. “It’s a wonderful amalgamation of the two worlds.”

The Scotch barrel-aged bourbon was initially released in April, after several months’ rest in casks shipped to Western Mass. from Ardbeg and Laphroaig, two of the world’s top-tier Scotch distilleries in Islay, Scotland. Weld had been looking to source quality Scotch barrels for nearly a decade, he says, and finally bought “a few dozen” last year and filled the first crop with his award-winning whiskey (which, by the way, is already barrel-aged for about four years).

The Smoke and Peat bourbon isn’t necessarily a new product, but I first reached for the bottle during the cold-ish spell earlier this month. I’m a whiskey fan, but peated Scotch, with its strong smokiness, can occasionally be too acrid for my palate. I was intrigued by this best-of-both-worlds mashup, though, and it delivers. Berkshire Bourbon’s vanilla, spice, oak, and subtle chocolate notes aren’t overpowered by the peat smoke, though that is pronounced both on the nose and in the flavor.

“This is a very approachable blend of the two,” Weld notes.

The whiskey world seems to agree: Smoke and Peat was awarded an “extraordinary” score of 95, the “ultimate recommendation,” in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2017.

Weld’s James Beard Award-nominated spirits lineup is best known for Greylock Gin, but the distiller has blazed a few trails in whiskey-making. In addition to his original Berkshire Bourbon, a New England Corn Whiskey, and some collaboratively finished releases, like a Samuel Adams Utopia barrel-aged bourbon, last year Berkshire Mountain released Two Lanterns. The whiskey, triple-distilled from Samuel Adams Boston Lager, aged four years in bourbon barrels, and was the impetus for the in-the-works Craft Brewers Whiskey Project.

“Part of that is it’s a small world of us producers, and they’re fun to work with. I like to do neat things with others, and provide new experiences,” Weld says.

He embarked on the Smoke and Peat project—a peated cask-aged rum will come out by Thanksgiving—for a similar reason.

“I love the biochemistry of producing whiskeys, and I love the changes you can impart on something with a collaboration with someone else,” he says. “It’s also the full-circle journey,” he adds: The oak barrels were actually made in the U.S. and originally aged somebody else’s American bourbon before they were sent to Scotland, only to return to this side of the pond at Berkshire.

Aging whiskey isn’t an exact science, so Weld can’t say when the other Craft Brewers Whiskey Project bottles will be released, and he can’t say just how long the Smoke and Peat will be available. He plans to fill each Scotch barrel only once, and then find a new owner who’s interested in creating something else fun with the well-used casks.

But he’s confident Scotch newbies and bourbon lovers will be able to find Smoke and Peat at the Sheffield distillery, and on shelves across the state, for “as long as we can” offer it.

Got a bottle of Smoke and Peat Bourbon, but not sure just how to drink it? Weld likes his simply on the rocks, and Berkshire Mountain provides the following recipe for a simple cure-all.

Penicillin Cocktail
2 oz. Smoke and Peat whiskey
3⁄4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3⁄4 oz. honey syrup
3 slices fresh ginger

Muddle ginger in the shaker. Shake all ingredients with ice and double-strain into a into the rocks glass with fresh ice. Pour a dash extra of Smoke & Peat over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats atop the drink.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers, 356 South Main St., Sheffield, 413-229-0219, berkshiremountaindistillers.com.

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2017/09/21/drink-this-now-berkshire-smoke-peat-bourbon/


How Much Space Does $1,500 Rent You in Boston?

According to a new report from RentCafé, not a whole lot.

By Madeline Bilis | Home & Property |

tiny south boston loft

Photo via Luxury Residential Group

Outrageous prices per square foot are nothing new in Boston. Condos like this tiny South Boston loft demand more than $1,000 per square foot, and plenty others fetch even higher dollar amounts.

So it’s not exactly surprising to learn that, compared to the rest of the world, living space in Boston is exceptionally expensive. RentCafé’s newest study breaks it all down—the apartment search site looked at how much space $1,500 rents in you 30 cities across the globe.

According to the report, Berlin and Beijing get a perfectly average bang for their buck; $1,500 rents 1,500 square feet in Berlin and 1,426 square feet in Beijing. But in Boston, things aren’t so pretty. It turns out, $1,500 rents you a whopping 359 square feet. For comparison, that’s about the size of an average living room in a single-family home, or a bit less than a two-car garage.

The good news is that we’re not alone. Boston’s devastatingly low square footage buying power is on par with Geneva and Paris. Both European cities could rent living spaces smaller than 400 square feet for $1,500. The only two U.S. cities that offer even smaller spots are San Francisco at 316 square feet and Manhattan at 277 square feet. (For the record, Manhattan has the smallest square footage out of all 30 cities.)

Those in search of more room on this continent could try moving to Washington D.C., which calculated 543 square feet, or Chicago, which totaled 600 square feet. Istanbul and Shanghai boast the most bang for their buck overall, offering five times the amount of space at 1,899 and 1,705 square feet, respectively.

Need some help visualizing the sad state of housing costs in Boston? Here’s a handy chart.

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2017/09/21/how-much-space-1500-rents-in-boston/


This Startup Wants to Help Babies Avoid Food Allergies

Inspired Start baby food slowly introduces common allergens.

By Jamie Ducharme | Boston Wellness |

Inspired Start

Inspired Start/Photo provided

Jessica Deckinger got lucky.

When her oldest child developed peanut and tree nut allergies, Deckinger sprang into action, learning all she could about keeping her safe. Her daughter ended up being one of the fortunate few to outgrow her nascent allergy, but the experience stuck with Deckinger, a mother of three.

That’s how she ended up as the chief marketing officer at Adeo Health Science, a local startup that aims to use the latest allergen research to make life easier for families. Adeo’s latest line, called Inspired Start, is a baby food that introduces tykes to common allergens such as tree nuts, peanuts, sesame, shrimp, wheat, and cod in a safe, manageable way.

“Babies should be eating a diverse diet,” Deckinger says, “because we want them to have a love of all foods and ability to eat all foods.”

Research has shown that early exposure to allergens may help babies build a tolerance as they age, hopefully avoiding full-blown food allergies down the line. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends that parents treat “highly allergenic foods” just as they would other solids, introducing them to their child’s diet at four to six months old. Doing so, however, can be difficult—have you ever tried to feed an infant shrimp?

“I know as a mom, it’s so challenging to prepare some of these things and get kids to eat them even as early as four to six months,” Deckinger says. “We just want to make it really easy for parents and as natural as possible a process.”

Inspired Start pouches ($23 for eight), which just launched online and will hopefully hit grocery stores eventually, contain only fruit puree and a small amount of one allergen. They’re designed to be used slowly and in a specific order, to introduce babies to one food at a time. Deckinger says they’re manufactured in an FDA-certified facility that takes pains to handle foods separately, so what’s advertised on the pouch is all you get.

Though Deckinger says it’s a good idea for parents to consult their pediatrician before introducing kids to any new foods—and some experts say high-risk allergens, such as peanuts, should be introduced in a doctor’s office—she stresses that Inspired Start was developed in collaboration with experts from disparate backgrounds to ensure safety and practicality.

“It was developed not just by a doctor alone in a lab. This is a product that was developed by a really diverse group of people who are influencing the development of this product,” she says. “It’s something that doctors and nutritionists and parents can get behind.”

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2017/09/21/inspired-start-baby-food/


Money Ranked Waltham as One of the Best Places to Live in America

Moody Street got a shoutout.

By Madeline Bilis | Home & Property |

It turns out you don’t have to travel very far if you’d like to move to one of the best places to live in America. Money magazine just released its list of the 100 best places to live in 2017, and Waltham made an appearance in the top 15.

Every year, the magazine ranks cities and towns offering a healthy economy, affordable homes, and a high quality of life. This time, it looked at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. Good old Watch City clocked in at number 13 on the list, right behind Beaverton, Oregon and New Berlin, Wisconsin.

Money cites Waltham’s relatively easy to commute to Boston as a plus. But there are plenty of employers in town, too—Waltham is home to companies like Raytheon, AstraZeneca, and Dutch printing company Cimpress, as well as Brandeis and Bentley universities. It also counts a slew of impressive restaurants, which warranted a shoutout to the famed Moody Street, “where you can dine on everything from pho to tapas to tandoori kebabs.”

The report lauds Waltham’s diversity, as approximately one in four residents were born outside of the United States. Money also crunched some numbers to find Waltham’s median home price: $456,666, medium household income: $75,106, projected job growth: 4.6 percent, and a few other statistics.

There were a handful of other New England towns in the top 100, including Newton at number 26, Nashua, NH, at number 57, Weymouth Town at number 73, Norwood at number 76, Salem, NH, at number 82, and South Portland, Maine at number 100.

Apparently, New England is no match for Fishers, Indiana: the number one best place to live in America in 2017. Fishers is said to be “a booming city with good schools, low cost of living, and an entrepreneurial buzz.” Boston can claim two out of three of those qualities. Good enough, right?

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2017/09/21/waltham-best-places-to-live/


Jeff Sessions Is in Boston and the ACLU Is Ready to Greet Him

An "Unwelcoming Party" is planned for the attorney general.

By Spencer Buell | Boston Daily |

Photo via AP

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is stepping into enemy territory today, due to appear in Boston to meet with law enforcement for a talk about transnational gangs. And Boston, a city that has made its disdain for the man and his ideas pretty clear, is ready for him.

His visit, announced yesterday, has prompted a response from the local ACLU, which has organized an “Unwelcoming Party” for the nation’s top law enforcement official. Protesters will gather on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse “to tell U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions his backwards, racist, anti-civil liberties policies are not welcome in Boston,” according to a description on a Facebook event page.

Sessions is due at Boston’s Moakley Courthouse at 3 p.m. to speak at the U.S. attorney’s office about Mara Salvatrucha, the criminal organization with roots in both the U.S. and South America that is better known as MS-13. Founded in the U.S. by Central American refugees in the 1980s, the group now operates both here and in countries like El Salvador and Guatemala. Sessions under President Trump has prioritized a crackdown on MS-13, and pointed to its members’ presence in American cities like ours as justification for stricter immigration controls, and to rail against so-called Sanctuary Cities that don’t participate more fully in deportations. “Harboring criminal aliens only helps violent gangs like MS-13,” Sessions said earlier this year. “Sanctuary Cities are aiding these cartels to refill their ranks and putting innocent life — including the lives of countless law-abiding immigrants — in danger.”

Trump has blamed the Obama administration’s “weak illegal immigration policies” for allowing “bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S.,” as he put it in a tweet.

Meanwhile, as Boston experts know, the city’s immigrants are not, statistically speaking, the criminals Sessions says they are. Research has shown again and again that immigrants are overall less likely to commit crimes than their native-born peers. And that’s including undocumented immigrants. “The rhetoric of the ‘criminal immigrant’ does not align with the bulk of empirical research,” Bianca Bersani, researcher at UMass Boston, tells PolitiFact. Bersani published a study in 2012 that found “Foreign-born individuals exhibit remarkably low levels of involvement in crime across their life course.”

Nevertheless Trump’s administration has come after sanctuary cities, attempting to pressure cities like Boston into cooperating with federal immigration authorities by threatening to withhold federal grant money. A judge has blocked that effort at least for now. The Justice Department has appealed.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has condemned such threats. “The safety and well-being of our residents is, and will continue to be, my top priority as Mayor of Boston,” he said back in March. “The threat of cutting federal funding from cities across the country that aim to foster trusting relationships between their law enforcement and the immigrant community is irresponsible and destructive.”

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2017/09/21/jeff-sessions-boston/


A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Why America’s Test Kitchen Is Moving

We visited the food media company's longtime home in Brookline Village to understand exactly why it's expanding into state-of-the-art studios in the Boston Seaport later this fall.

By Jacqueline Cain | The Feed |

Employees meet and test recipes in the library at America's Test Kitchen in Brookline Village

Employees meet and test recipes in the library at America’s Test Kitchen in Brookline Village. / Photos by Toan Trinh

During a recent tour of the soon-to-be-former America’s Test Kitchen headquarters in Brookline, test kitchen manager Meri Lippard offered to show me the control room. “Sure,” I responded, and expected to be led into a room buzzing with video production monitors, maybe a couple sound boards, dormant boom mics, tripods.

Instead, the small, L-shaped room, adjacent to the main kitchen, was lined with a few top-opening chest freezers, and Metro racks (moveable, steel shelving) stacked with a couple dozen pressure cookers, and rows and rows of extra “common stock” ingredients—shared bags of flour, cans of tomatoes, etc.

This was near the end of a whirlwind, 20-minute tour of the main floor of America’s Test Kitchen, the 20-plus year home to what is now a multifaceted, food media production company that employs 200 people. I was there to catch up with America’s Test Kitchen ahead of its move this fall to the Innovation and Design Building in the South Boston Seaport. The move will happen in the next two weeks, says communications director Brian Franklin.

Stored ingredients in the "control room" at ATK in Brookline Village

Stored ingredients in the “control room” at ATK in Brookline Village. / Photos by Toan Trinh

Someone works in the "control room"/storage area at ATK in Brookline Village

Someone works in the “control room”/storage area at ATK in Brookline Village. / Photos by Toan Trinh

Even on a “slow” day, as Lippard described the summer afternoon of my visit, the labyrinthine rooms at the longtime ATK headquarters were bustling with activity. I had already seen the “library,” a common area lined with about 5,000 books, that’s also used for independent research, recipe testing, and grocery sorting. I visited the small kitchen, in use on this day for a cookbook photoshoot. We had already seen the steamy dish room, and the main pantry, full of common stock ingredients and teams’ unrefrigerated produce. We poked our heads into the facility’s only walk-in cooler.

And of course, I saw the main kitchen, where the eponymous TV show is filmed. There were a handful of test cooks working on several different projects in there, including roasting a bunch of holiday turkeys.

But it’s the improbably named “control room” that best exemplifies the company’s need for new digs. To me, it appears to be a pantry. But for three weeks every spring, it becomes an actual “control room,” with blinking monitors and other equipment used to film America’s Test Kitchen, the PBS show, in the kitchen next door.

That means everything—all the pressure cookers, or whatever the teams are testing that week; all the sacks of flour, all the freezers—needs to be moved, Lippard said.

I asked where everything goes. “That’s a really good question,” she said. She started pointing. “All this stuff goes upstairs in a hallway, this goes in this hallway here, the freezer we move into a photo studio, the big chest freezer goes to the fourth floor. It’s like Tetris.”

I had just seen firsthand the creative uses of space that the America’s Test Kitchen crew employs, on what is supposedly a “slow” day. It’s clear that the company has outgrown this space, but I’m so baffled I can’t help but ask if the new headquarters will separate the vegetable stock from the TV monitors.

“Yes, we’ll have separate spaces for appropriate things,” Lippard confirmed, with a slight laugh.

The large kitchen in Brookline Village, where <em>America's Test Kitchen</em> has been filmed

The small kitchen in Brookline Village, in use by a book team. / Photos by Toan Trinh

The main dry storage pantry at ATK in Brookline Village

The main dry storage pantry at ATK in Brookline Village. / Photos by Toan Trinh

Stored equipment in a hallway at ATK in Brookline Village

Stored equipment in a hallway at ATK in Brookline Village. / Photos by Toan Trinh

Equipment stored in a photo studio at ATK in Brookline Village

Equipment stored in a nook leading into the photo studio at ATK in Brookline Village. / Photos by Toan Trinh

America’s Test Kitchen moved into this brick, Brookline Village building in 1993, when it was just one magazine that occasionally produced an offshoot cookbook. Initially, it had offices only on the third floor, and all of its operational space on the second floor, said chief creative officer Jack Bishop, who’s been with the company since 1992. Cook’s Illustrated magazine, both of the company’s TV shows, and other products were “born” in Brookline.

ATK has grown to require more office space on floors one and four. And of course, the second floor’s operational space—as I had just seen—has been rearranged and MacGyvered to accomodate the many new uses the company has demanded over the years.

“As a privately held, independent media company competing against giants in the media space, [the Brookline headquarters] is a physical representation of how scrappy we need to be,” Bishop said. “We will continue to bring those genes forward once we move.”

When television production began in 2000 (America’s Test Kitchen the show debuted in 2001), ATK produced one magazine, twice a year; and did two cookbooks annually. Now, it has 23 newsstand issues per year of a couple different magazines, and it produced 14 cookbooks this past year. It would produce more video content if it could, Bishop said—see the “control room,” above. When the TV show debuted, ATK employed about 60 people, and less than half “were anything tangentially related to the kitchen,” he said. Now, out of its 200 employees, Bishop estimated about half are test cooks, editors, photographers, videographers, and others who routinely work in the kitchen.

Brookline vs. Seaport

Burners: 65 → 85

Ovens: 36 → 50

Walk-In Cold Storage: 81 square feet → 464 square feet

Sinks 14 → 36

Microwaves 3 → 11

Work stations 34 → 49

The company has long considered finding a new location, but the effort really got going about two years ago, when ATK reorganized and hired its first-ever CEO, David Nussbaum. On December 1, 2015, Jackie Ford started as the company’s chief financial officer, with finding a new home among her main tasks. She commissioned space studies of the current headquarters, and administered employee surveys to help clarify what, exactly, they were looking for.

“Out of that, lots of [places] fall off the map,” Ford said, frankly. The company needed about 60,000 square feet, ideally on one floor; it needed a place that could handle its water usage, its electricity needs, its natural gas requirements. ATK needed to run substantial ventilation systems up and out of the building. They needed to have space where they could grill outside.

“We knew we wanted to stay in the city, near public transportation,” Ford added.

Overall, the senior management team looked at at least 25 different buildings, Bishop said. One day, the took an all-day bus tour to visit the top-tier candidates.

Ford had initially seen the Innovation and Design Building, where ATK is headed, very early on in the process, she said. But one hangup they were unsure about was grilling outdoors there, so she continued looking. When she came back to the property months later, Jamestown Developers had figured that part out, she said, and it became clear the Seaport was a great fit for ATK.

“We found [Jamestown] to be a good partner in terms of their track record with other companies,” Ford said, citing New York’s Chelsea Market as an example of the developers’ ability to revamp old, industrial buildings into vibrant, multi-use communities. “Their vision of what we’d be able to accomplish there was complementary to what we want to do.”

One of the things ATK wants to do is have “more of a public presence,” and its new location in the Seaport will help, Bishop said. ATK will hit the ground running next month with the company’s first-ever event, the Boston Eats food festival, on October 27 and 28.

Also this fall, it will debut a bright red, ATK-branded food truck, which Bishop calls “a physical extension of the test kitchen.” It will serve lunch (and, probably, sell cookbooks and other ATK-branded merch) several days a week to area workers and visitors to the Seaport. ATK will eventually offer studio tours, which the Brookline offices have never been able to do. Bishop is looking forward to developing relationships with IDB neighbors, like the Mass Challenge startup incubator, design consultants Continuum, Elkus Manfredi Architects, eventually Black & Decker and Reebok, and more.

“We’re looking to build more connections within Boston. This is lovely,” Bishop said, gesturing around his Brookline office, “but it’s almost like its own little world in Brookline Village. There are more connections for us to be had, and having a bigger footprint in a more high-profile place with more high-profile neighbors, there are already things we see we’ll be able to do.”

And there are undoubtedly things that will be possible that ATK hasn’t even thought of yet. Hosting a food festival, for example, wasn’t part of the plan when Ford started the real estate hunt, or even when the initial design plan for the IDB offices was finished, she said.

“But the space is flexible enough that we’re going to be able to do what we need to do. We [set out to] build the space where we can accomplish lots of things in lots of different areas, and can adapt,” she said.

They’re excited to show it to fans soon. But that doesn’t mean moving away from their longtime home is easy.

“I have a lot of affection for things that have gone down in this space, and for things we have accomplished,” Bishop said. “But I have also seen that this space has been a limitation at times because it was really never designed for all the things we are doing, not to mention all the things I want to do. I’m excited to see what we can do when a space is working with us.”

America’s Test Kitchen, moving to the Innovation and Design Building fall 2017, 21 Dry Dock Ave., Seaport, Boston, atkeats.comamericastestkitchen.com.

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2017/09/21/atk-brookline-photos-move-seaport/