Douglas Bacon, who already owns eight restaurants in Boston, is hoping to turn the former Regina Pizzeria in a historic former train depot at 353 Cambridge St. in Allston into a neighborhood restaurant and bar featuring basic American fare.
Bacon described his proposal to buy the former pizza place's liquor license to the Boston Licensing Board today. However, he asked the board to hold off voting on the proposed license transfer until after he meets with the Allston Civic Association on May 18.
Regina Pizzeria closed at the start of the pandemic. After it closed, it seemed for a time that the closed Great Scott music venue would move into the space. The former Great Scott booking manager, who had raised close to $300,000 from investors for the move down Harvard Avenue has yet to say if he's looking for another location now that Bacon is on record as the new operator of the space or if he will return the money to investors.
Bacon, who said he has yet to come up with a name for the eatery, said he is planning on serving lunch and dinner until 2 a.m. - he said the kitchen would be open until then - with brunch on the weekends.
He said he would love to open his restaurant by fall, although he said that given the lead times on the furniture and other fixtures he's ordering, re-opening might not be until the end of the year.
Bacon told the board he's particularly excited by this newest restaurant, because "this is an iconic location" and a "historically significant building," one that was designed by H.H. Richardson as a train depot. He said he hopes to "restore and highlight some of the beautiful architectural elements in this amazing building."