Beehive owner proposes Downtown Crossing restaurant and 'social concept'

By: David L. Harris, | February 25, 2017

The owners of the famed Beehive restaurant in the South End and Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square are pushing a new concept in Boston's Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

The new venture, which does not currently have a name, is being fashioned a "food, beverage, and social concept" on the ground floor of the Lafayette City Center building on the corner of Washington Street and Avenue de Lafayette.

The Beehive and Beat Brasserie are both known for their food and live music.

The 63,000-square-foot space a couple of years ago was reportedly going to house a Florida-based nightclub called Latitude 360 — but those plans have since fallen through.

The Beehive owners, which includes restaurateur Jack Bardy, will present their plans to the Downtown Boston Residents’ Association on March 13. A message sent to the Beehive was not immediately returned. The Abbey Group, which owns the 615,000-square-feet Lafayette City Center, was not immediately available for comment.

The Abbey Group purchased the office and retail complex in 2002 and redeveloped the property in 2014.