ZBA Approves Mixed-Use: Development in Jeffries Pt.

With the support of the Mayor’s Office, Senator Anthony Petruccelli and Councilor Salvatore LaMattina the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a mixed-use development in Jeffries Point.

The project approved by the ZBA will reuse the now defunct Oscar’s Woodworking building at 47 Webster St.  and convert it into a a full service restaurant with roof-top dining, yoga studio, and 4 residential units.

The project proposed by Phil Frattaroli, owner of Ducali in the North End,  received wide support in the Jeffries Point neighborhood and is seen as an important addition to all of the development activity going on in this section of Eastie.

The Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association voted 41-9 in favor of the project back in October.

Frattaroli said he wants to bring the same sort of hip atmosphere and quality food to Eastie.

“I wanted to do something in East Boston similar to what I have down in the North End,” said Frattaroli, whose grandfather ran Oscar’s Woodworking for 60 years. “The concept is to play on the history of the Cunard Wharf and the old Cunard Tavern that was in the area decades ago.”

Frattaroli said the concept of the restaurant will be a ‘Gastro Pub’–a place that serves traditional pub fare with a gourmet twist.

“We’d have good food, craft beers and seasonal menus,” said Frattaroli.

The restaurant would also have seasonal roof deck dinning on the fourth floor.

“I think this project will fill a void in the neighborhood because there is really no other place like it in Jeffries Point,” said Frattaroli. “I want to provide a place that keeps residents and young professionals in East Boston instead of having to travel in town to experience this type of atmosphere. This project, I think, will compliment other waterfront development projects and keep people in the neighborhood instead of spending money outside the neighborhood.”

Frattaroli said the restaurant and deck would close at 11 p.m.

John Lynds can be reached at [email protected]

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