Seth Greenberg lines up Italian restaurant for old Radius space

Local restaurant operator Seth Greenberg will convert the closed Radius, 8-10 High St., into the Boston outlet of a chain of Italian restaurants.

Serafina will sport a "northern Italian concept," his lawyer, WIlliam Ferullo, told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing yesterday. Ferullo said the Boston outpost will be similar to a Serafina in New York's Meatpacking district, but with lower prices.

The board today approved Greenberg's request to purchase Radius's liquor license from Michael Schlow.

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the locations in New York are

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the locations in New York are pretty meh, but they do attract a stylish crowd. I expect this one will also be a mix of Europeans, models, bankers, etc eating mediocre food.

Boooooooooo

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Ya because i want to eat a huge pasta dish for lunch. Miss the Radius burger and their lobster rolls!

Noisy

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Last time I was in a Serafina joint in NYC it was so loud no one could hear each other without yelling. Too bad stylish includes inaudible.

I've called that the least welcome trend in restaurants,

most recently here.

Quote: "Almost every new restaurant in Boston now debuts with punishing noise levels. We understand the business justification for it: Quiet feels old and dead; liveliness equals good times! Plus, noise discourages table camping and enables more profit-driving table turns. But when your customers and staff go home hoarse after screaming all night, you’ve turned liveliness into hearing damage. Let’s agree to a healthier noise maximum—say, quieter than a leaf blower. WE SAID, QUIETER THAN A LEAF BLOWER!"

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There are a few variables there

Best and affordable are highly subjective. Noise, you can assign a number to, though it's not hard to figure out when a place is too loud for normal conversation.

The odd thing is that loud spaces can be loud even without big crowds. I really like the food at Lincoln Tavern in Southie, but the noise level is effing painful even when it's a third full on a weeknight. In prime time on Friday and Saturday nights, it's absolutely deafening: you have to scream to be heard by the person sitting across the table from you. Painful.