You can thank a childhood obsession with Raffi for that title. But when we mention the Bay, we’re talking specifically about Great Bay, the popular Kenmore Square restaurant created by restaurateurs including Christophers Myers, the man behind a variety of Boston hotspots such as Via Matta and Myers + Chang. (Chang, as in Joanne, is actually his other half, and the owner of flour bakery + cafe). So when we were invited to attend Great Bay’s Reopening Party, we jumped at the chance.
It was a little difficult to see what was new about Great Bay, but that may have been because the party was extremely crowded. But naturally, we decided to get as close as possible to the DJ and indulge in the free wine and beer. Waiters and waitresses circled through the crowd while carrying trays of treats such as foie gras on crackers and little Chinese-style boxes of calamari. An oyster bar was a total hit with the crowd, though our fear of shellfish kept us away.
One thing we appreciate about parties held at Great Bay is the diverse clientele. You always see silver foxes (look that up if you don’t know the meaning!) dancing with young blondes, while twenty-somethings who come for the very talented DJ’s dance like nobody’s watching. It’s a complete mix of crowds that look like they came from places ranging from Roxbury to Chestnut Hill, and that’s what makes the parties so interesting. While seafood seems to be the specialty of the house, it’s no wonder Great Bay is such a success in the Boston restaurant world.
[Photo: Megan Johnson]