THE PATIOS PRESENTED BY BERKSHIRE BANK RETURN TO BOSTON’S CITY HALL PLAZA
New Date! Now Opening to the Public on Saturday, May 4; Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting on Monday, May 6
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston, along with Boston Garden Development Corp. updated the public today that Boston’s highly-acclaimed seasonal activation, The Patios presented by Berkshire Bank, will postpone its intended opening day ceremonies scheduled for May 2 due to the projected inclement weather forecast. As Boston waits for Mother Nature to get the memo that it’s patio season, The Patios will now plan to soft open to the public on Saturday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. and the ceremonial ribbon-cutting will now take place on Monday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. Both dates are weather permitting. The public is encouraged to check www.cityhallplazaboston.com or follow @CHP_Boston on Twitter for updates.
FIVE NEW REASONS TO GET PUMPED FOR THE PATIOS
“We’re excited that this year Boston City Hall Plaza will again be transformed into The Patios as we celebrate warm weather in Boston,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I look forward to the many family-friendly events and activations that will happen on the Plaza this summer, and welcome all to take part in The Patios.”
SUNDAY GRILLING. The Patios presented by Berkshire Bank is proud to introduce Sunday Grilling this season. Each Sunday, guests will have access to four electric grills (available free of charge) on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are invited to bring along coolers with their own grilling favorites and accoutrements, or they can purchase the basics like hot dogs and hamburgers on site from local vendor, Bittersweet Homestead.
BEER… AND MARGARITAS! Wachusett Brewing Company, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is proud to return to the plaza with its iconic Airstream trailer to offer pints on The Patios, pouring Monday-Thursday beginning at 4:00 p.m., and 12:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday. New this season, Wachusett’s Scratch Cocktails Margarita, a refreshing, tangy, and tart creation perfect for patios season.
LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD OPTIONS. Bittersweet Homestead, based out of Westminster, MA, will be welcomed back with a larger pop-up location at the front entrance of The Patios and will now operate seven days a week. Additionally, Boston Seasons presented by Berkshire Bank is excited to share the arrival of the all-new Boston Public Market at City Hall. This local farmer’s market will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from May 21 through November 19.
PRODUCTIVE PATIOS. The Patios will now be fully equipped for bringing your office outdoors. Each of the nine, custom furnished patios will be outfitted with multiple power outlets. The wi-fi networks have been completely upgraded to support team meetings or simply provide an ‘out-of-office’ sanctuary for individuals looking to add a breath of fresh air to their work week.
EVENING FOOD TRUCK PROGRAM. This season, in partnership with the City of Boston’s office of economic development small business unit, The Patios has extended the food truck program for the post-work crowd. This addition adds a whole new schedule of food trucks from Monday through Friday, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Complementing the new daily programming will be one of last year’s most popular activations, ‘Wag Wednesdays’, taking place every Wednesday from 12:00-2:00 p.m. each week. Shultz’s Guest House, a dog rescue based out of Dedham, MA, will bring a variety of puppies to meet and play with visitors and connect them with information on fostering and adoption. In 2018, ‘Wag Wednesdays’ at The Patios resulted in more than 200 applications and nearly 30 pups being placed with their forever families. Other family-friendly activities, such as putt-putt mini-golf holes, will once again be free for public use seven days a week. Additional activities will be added throughout the season as well.
ABOUT THE PATIOS
The Patios debuted in May 2018 as a highly successful placemaking initiative and, with the help of Wachusett Brewing Company, a very popular foray into the outdoor beer garden trend. Through combined efforts between City of Boston Property Management, BRM production Management, Citywide Contracting and Boston artist Jeff Smith, the underutilized southeastern corner overlooking Faneuil Hall has been transformed into a daily destination for locals, tourists and commuters alike. The Patios open this season with a slightly extended footprint, making way for the return of fan favorites like the Wachusett Brew Yard, Wag Wednesdays and putt-putt mini-golf, and some new activations that are sure to get Bostonians pumped for patio season.
The Patios is a part of ‘Boston Seasons presented by Berkshire Bank’, a three-year plan created by Boston Garden Development Corp. and the City of Boston Property Management Department to revitalize the existing plaza at City Hall and create a vibrant welcome public space for all. Located in the center of the City and just steps from the MBTA’s Orange and Green lines, The Patios serve as urban oasis for residents, commuters, and visitors offering daily programming from picnics, pints, putt-putt and more. ‘The Patios’ will officially open on May 2.
‘Boston Seasons presented by Berkshire Bank’ is a three-year activation plan created by Boston Garden Development Corp and the City of Boston Property Management Department to revitalize the existing plaza at City Hall and create a vibrant welcome public space for all. Boston Garden Development Corp, a subsidiary of Delaware North is overseeing the efforts as the City’s selected vendor to enhance City Hall Plaza.
About Berkshire Bank – America’s Most Exciting BankTM
Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank. With $12.2 billion in assets, Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment and insurance services through 109 full service branch offices throughout New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. The Company has a pending agreement to acquire SI Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiary, Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company, and Trust Company, a $1.6 billion dollar bank with 18 branches in Eastern CT and 5 branches in Rhode Island, adding to Berkshire existing Connecticut branches. To learn more, visit www.berkshirebank.com, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
BerkshireBank is the official bank of NESN’s Boston Bruins coverage, the Pan-Mass Challenge and the community partner of Boston Seasons at City Hall Plaza.
Boston Garden Development Corp (BGDC)
Boston Garden Development Corp, a subsidiary of Delaware North, is overseeing the efforts as the City’s selected vendor to enhance City Hall Plaza. Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Learn more about Delaware North at www.delawarenorth.com.