Dubbed by the Boston Phoenix as “the world’s classiest luncheonette,” Union Park Press is pleased as punch that our June 13th tour: “The Big Dig: Boston Blasts, Builds, and Reconnects” co-led by Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces author Meg Muckenhoupt and Boston Your Way’s Maryglenn Vincens will be finishing up with tea and treats at Barbara Lynch’s Sportello.
In fact, Sportello is the perfect ending point for the first of our three June walking tours.
Sportello–in addition to Lynch’s Drink and the new Menton–is located in a former industrial building in the ever-changing Fort Point Channel. That is, smack in the middle of the evolving landscape that Muckenhoupt and Vincens plan to discuss on their tour. This growing neighborhood is home to the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse, the ICA, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway and South Station just across the channel. There are also an increasing number of exciting public spaces in the area, many of which are covered by Muckenhoupt in Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces. Like Lynch’s chic counter-eatery, however, these landmarks and parks are sited upon land that was predominantly under water and/or created by landfill within the past two to four hundred years.
The second reason is Chef Barbara Lynch. Born and raised in the projects of Southie, Lynch became fascinated with cooking at a young age and earned a reputation of being the “badass Boston girl” in Todd English’s kitchens. She worked her way up the local food chain and today Lynch owns six restaurants, a catering service, a demo kitchen/cookbook store, and is the author of Stir. Lynch’s Boston is the real deal–which is perfectly suited to Muckenhoupt and Vincens’s agenda of helping locals re-discover what sets this city apart.
“The Big Dig: Boston Blasts, Builds, and Reconnects” will take locals and visitors on a journey along the new and exciting spaces of Boston’s unique waterfront–tracing land building, the city’s changing cultures, and the political showdowns that led to massive decisions and innovative park lands. The tour will begin at 1PM at the Beach Street Gate in Chinatown and end at 3PM at Sportello with tea, treats, and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how Boston–and Bostonians–continue to shape this city geographically and otherwise.