American Provisions Is Setting Up Shop in Dorchester
The team behind a destination-worthy South Boston grocery store is starting the new year with the green light for an expansion. American Provisions is opening a second shop in Dorchester in 2017, with an expanded kitchen setup that will allow for more prepared food and catering options.
Co-owners Matt Thayer and Andy Fadous got the go-ahead from the City of Boston to begin buildout of the store on December 29, but they have been in talks with developer Trinity for more than a year, Thayer says. The new American Provisions is going on the ground level of the Treadmark building, which has 83 housing units and two other retail spaces on Dorchester Avenue.
Trinity announced that American Provisions was the anchor tenant in July, as the Dorchester Reporter noted, but Thayer said he and Fadous preferred to keep quiet about it until the initial signoff from the city.
“We’ve been looking at Dorchester for a long time,” says Thayer, a Milton resident. Fadous lives in Dorchester.
They debuted American Provisions on Broadway in December 2010. The owners have been fielding inquiries from developers in neighborhoods like the Seaport and Fenway, but the Ashmont area made more sense for their mission, Thayer says. “We want to have a business that’s able to interact with the community, being able to operate on a daily basis with people who live right there,” he says.
The second store will have about 1,500 square feet of retail space, as well as 1,000 square feet in back, including room for a full kitchen, which the South Boston original does not have. “We’re very excited about that,” Thayer says. In addition to the typical lineup of creative sandwiches, expect things like roasted vegetables, chicken, and other common hot bar offerings, he says, though the Dorchester menu is still in development. American Provisions is looking to hire an executive chef, Thayer adds.
The city has not approved a beer and wine sales permit for the shop yet, but obtaining one is part of the American Provisions business plan, Thayer says. The store’s blueprint calls for expanded space to house that offering. Elsewhere, the shop will carry a robust selection of cheeses and charcuterie like its South Boston sibling, and local and other speciality products that makes American Provisions a Best of Boston-worthy stop.
“We’re super stoked,” Thayer says.
The Treadmark building is currently under construction, and Thayer is hopeful for a summer 2017 opening of American Provisions.
American Provisions, opening summer 2017 at 1971 Dorchester Ave., Boston; 613 E. Broadway, South Boston, 617-269-6100, americanprovisions.com.