Café Iterum and The Smoke Shop headed to Lendlease's Clippership Wharf in East Boston

  • 3 Oct 2021
Chef-focused café and restaurant concepts add to the vibrancy of the mixed-use development along Boston’s waterfront. Clippership Wharf occupies a 7-acre site overlooking Boston Harbor and currently includes 284 apartments and 194 condominiums.

Lendlease(ASX: LLC), a leading global real estate group, today announced progress on two new restaurant leases at Clippership Wharf, a climate-resilient, mixed-use residential development in East Boston. Interior construction on Café Iterum is underway in preparation for a November opening. In addition, The Smoke Shop, an award-winning barbecue restaurant, recently signed a lease at the mixed-use community, where it plans to open its fifth full-service location next year. 

“The art installations, recreational facilities and other incredible public amenities that activate the Clippership Wharf site make it an energetic destination for the people of Boston,” said Nicholas Iselin, general manager of development in Boston at Lendlease. “We’re excited for these two dining concepts to enhance the sense of community we’ve created at this dynamic waterfront development.”

Spearheaded by renowned Boston chef Matt McPherson, Café Iterum will serve its refined coffee and modern American cuisine to morning commuters, telecommuters, East Boston residents and visitors alike. The 1,100-square-foot dining space has an industrial-inspired look with a mix of concrete and metal finishes, supplemented by clean woods, abundant plants and large windows to warm up the space. A 1,400-square-foot patio offers additional seating, including options adjacent to outdoor fire pits.

“I was drawn to East Boston for Café Iterum because it is filled with people who are truly invested in this community and want to see it do well,” said McPherson. “And as Clippership Wharf shares our sustainability mindset, it was only natural to launch the concept here.”

Aiming to be a zero-waste, sustainable café intent on improving the food system, Café Iterum has partnered with Eastie Farm to responsibly source local food. This aligns with Lendlease’s climate-resilient efforts at Clippership Wharf, including the creation of a living shoreline and installation of a flood barrier system.

McPherson worked with architecture and design studio Pink Projects, led by Ryan Pinkham, to design the interiors of the café. Graphic designer Joshua Duttweiler designed the café’s branding.

Led by chef, owner and pitmaster Andy Husbands, The Smoke Shop will expand its existing Boston-area footprint with its new location at Clippership Wharf. Offering award-winning BBQ paired with New England’s largest American whiskey collection, the location is scheduled to welcome guests by summer 2022.

“The Smoke Shop has always attracted a wide spectrum of people – it’s not uncommon to see one customer in shorts and flip-flops eating next to someone else in a suit,” said Husbands. “That’s why Eastie made sense for our next location, as it aligns with the high-energy vibes and diverse crowds inside our restaurants.”

With over 4,000 square feet of space, The Smoke Shop will offer full-service dining, takeout and catering options. Three separate outdoor patios add an additional 2,000 square feet of dining space. The space is being designed by Sousa Design Architects, the firm behind the restaurant’s existing locations. 
Developed and constructed by Lendlease, Clippership Wharf occupies a 7-acre site overlooking Boston Harbor and includes 284 apartments and 194 condominiums. Public amenities at Clippership Wharf include the ClipArt Gallery which is curated and managed by Atlantic Works Gallery, an East Boston artist collection that rotates art throughout the year, a 1,400-foot stretch of Boston’s 40-mile Harborwalk, an amphitheater, public art, a dog park, and seasonal kayaking and boating activities. 

The community’s living shoreline makes use of natural plantings, salt marshes, rocky beaches and wildlife habitats to improve the site’s climate resilience. Other sustainability features at Clippership Wharf – which has achieved LEED Silver certification for neighborhood development – include a rooftop solar array that can generate enough energy to power up to 40 homes per year.

About Lendlease:

Lendlease is a leading global real estate group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our purpose is to create value through places where communities thrive. 

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 10,800 employees internationally.  

Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers. Our integrated approach means we harness the expertise in infrastructure, design, development, investments and management to deliver a project from conception to completion.  

In the US, Lendlease Development brings over 60 years of global experience to bear in urbanization, communities and infrastructure development. Leveraging our placemaking expertise and integrated business model, we are committed to delivering transformational urbanization projects and investments in gateway cities that generate social, environmental and economic value.

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Clippership Wharf, located in East Boston, will soon welcome Cafe Iterum and The Smoke Shop to the waterfront development.