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Developer plots out revamp of Faneuil Hall as giant soulless hotel lounge

UPDATE: The original version of this post quoted a report in which some vendors at Faneuil Hall Marketplace said the Salty Dog was being evicted. However, a spokesperson for Ashkenazy says "Ashkenazy has not evicted Salty Dog and has no plans to do so." Also see this post on a City Council hearing today on the marketplace.

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a recent meeting at which the marketplace's existing tenants worry about eviction as current marketplace manager Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. readies its plans to plop a boutique hotel in the middle and replace much of the retail space with the sort of upscale bars and restaurants aimed at the sort of people who can't get enough of Copley Place but wish it had more exposed brick.

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Not a big oyster guy but they might have the best scallops in the city. Shame to see them close, though I'm sure they'll end up down the Waterfront.

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Ashkenazy, the company that runs the marketplace, says it has NOT evicted the Salty Dog and isn't planning to. I've updated the original post. My apologies!

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The gentrification of Quincy Market -- oh, the irony.

This just goes to prove my saying that no matter how bad something is, it can always get worse.

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I'm willing to keep an open mind, but if you want to turn it into a hotel, the city/BRA needs to jack the rent WAAAAAAYYYYY up.

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is if middle class residents wanted to rent rooms there.

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Sad, in a way, though, if you think about the origins of the original market, food for the masses, now in its latest iteration to be, "boutique" hotel rooms and upscale la la.

Good luck to the tenants but I think they have not much hope. The evictions have begun.

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This just goes to show how much Boston's tourism popularity has grown. It's no longer simply a "historical site" that mom and dad would bring their kids to for a lesson on John Adams and Paul Revere.

It's become such an exciting, vibrant city within a matter of 10 years that people of all ages and from all countries want to visit. Europeans who come for the big city US tour now stop in Boston first on their way to NYC, or last on their way home.

I was a big fan of Salty Dog, but obviously money talks, and the owner of the properly feels they have a better opportunity with a more interesting tenant. As a previous commenter said, I'm sure we'll see Salty Dog pop back up somewhere in the Waterfront/Seaport area.

Makes me wonder what will happen to the rest of the smaller "food court" tenants inside of Quincy Market. I wouldn't be surprised if the entire market is completely different within a few years, and that includes the pushcart vendors meeting the same fate as their DTX counterparts.

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Well done, check is in the mail.

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they need to have more lessons at our historical sites not less.

Yes, money does talk, makes the world go 'round and all that. And that is not necessarily a good thing.

All for tourism, not for making sites that were once for the people not just for a select and wealthy few. Let the latter have cake at Copley Place.

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It's become such an exciting, vibrant city

I laughed out loud.

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Might need to leave Eastie to see what's going on in the rest of the city!

I personally love Boston and everything about it. It's the reason I moved there 4 years ago. After being a U-Hub reader for about the same amount of time, it's pretty obvious that some residents live in Boston solely for the ability to complain about it.

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You've only lived in Boston for 4 years. There was a time when there was a working class, and families that made less than 200k a year could live comfortably in the city. But since your only frame of reference if the Boston of recent years, it's not surprising that you're on the "MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!" band wagon.

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I also moved here 4 years ago, after visiting regularly for 4 years before that. I fell in love with the city on my first visit (as an adult) while still in college. I actively chose to move to Boston, first proactively transferring with the company I worked for at the time, then going to grad school here, and now working for a local startup. I've spent my fair share of time networking at events, building relationships with locals and transplants alike, and wandering the city aimlessly for hours on end. I've also lived in Lower Allston, my currently GF lives in Fenway, and I stayed in Allston, Cambridge, and Somerville regularly when visiting.

I'm sorry, but it isn't as exciting of a city as it used to be. Maybe it's because I'm exiting my 20's and don't close out bars anymore, or maybe I've walked the freedom trail one too many times, or maybe it's because I just don't feel like dealing with our joke of a transit system to get places anymore, but New York, San Francisco, Chicago, LA, and Austin are just a few cities that have a lot more "vibrancy and excitement" than Boston-the sheer number of people that I know who have left for these places in the last 2 years alone supports that. Some of them, especially the first 2, have a much higher cost of living, but also have much more to offer at no cost. I've spent less in a week vacationing in SF (lodging and airfare excluded) then I have on some long weekends in Boston.

I consider Boston home, and plan on settling down here, or nearby, when it's time, and I will openly admit that my thoughts on this do not represent everyone in my demographic. But for a middle class person in their late 20's/early 30's making average money, Boston is not the most exciting city for a variety of reasons, and with all of the luxury this and that, "boutique" (read:overpriced and overhyped) bars and restaurants opening up that won't be here in 2 years, and the sheer amount of red tape that surrounds EVERYTHING, the city is doing nothing to fix it.

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When over Faneuil Hall way , check out Haymarket Pizza on Blackstone street, price is right !

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I hope it is different in a few years. Seeing how the current tenants aren't making enough money to pay the rent, something needs to change.

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The Salty Dog is about the only reason to even go there anymore. :(

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Good news that the Salty Dog is staying. If anything should be evicted it's Ned Devines. It'd be nice to walk around there at night without college students vomiting everywhere.

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