The Seaport’s new District Hall building is a one-of-a-kind establishment: the community hub provides free space — meeting rooms, lounges, and more — for Boston’s tech scene to come together and share ideas, hold public forums, and host discussions in order to rev up the booming innovation of the city, in one of the city’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods.
The Northern Avenue spot is a place that will help shift the Seaport’s reputation from industrial to innovative, as the new workers create new jobs, draft up plans for the future, and more. With all of that work going on, District Hall’s busybodies are going to need some fuel. First, brew opened at the front of the building, a coffee bar boasting more than just coffee: they also offer lunch, beer and wine, and breakfast items, like Nutella Crepes, pizza, and the like. And now, around the corner from brew, a new place to meet has opened its doors, inviting both innovators and everyone else in for a broad selection of small plates, appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
Gather is District Hall’s own restaurant, boasting a rustic-industrial atmosphere complete with dangling bare bulbs, finished wood-slab tables, and steel stools. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a view of the sky over the Harbor, as well as the nearby ICA building. The restaurant, as well as the District Hall building, was designed by BostInno’s 50 on Fire 2012 winner Hacin and Associates.
There’s no shortage of dinner items that you’ll want to try on the Gather menu — which, at the restaurant, is made out of different wrapping paper patterns. Whether you want to grab a snack (mini chicken and waffle bites, bacon-wrapped dates and bleu cheese), share some small plates or appetizers (spicy, roasted duck tacos, marrow toast, charcuterie featuring wild boar and foie gras), or enjoy an entree (veal gnocchi, salmon and brussels sprouts), the offerings are both timeless and adventurous, making the restaurant a perfect accent to an innovation hub.
For dessert, Heath bar tops a butterscotch pudding, a huge banana split comes complete with rainbow sprinkles, and a fresh tart is made with a sweet crust, cream and berries. And over at the bar, take the edge off of a long day with simple twists on a classic martini, like a Basil Berry or a Ginger Lemon version, or sip a Cucumber Cooly — a champagne-topped, blackberry-and-cucumber fused libation. On tap, Gather offers Lagunitas, Dogfish Head, Allagash White, Whale’s Tale, Sam, and more.
Whether you’re working on the latest in tech innovation to bring to Boston, or just strolling through the Seaport, you’ll want to make this Harborside spot a stop on your list.
To check out the new space and some of what’s on the menu, scroll through the slideshow below.
Gather is located in the District Hall building at 75 Northern Avenue in the Seaport. They’re open everyday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a late night menu from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday.