Watermark Development has filed its plans with the BPDA to re-open a renovated Doyle's Cafe with rooftop dining, condos and a market on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain.
Watermark, which has focused on Jamaica Plain development, says the 23 condos it is proposing - 16 in a four stories above the restaurant and market and 7 in a separate building kitty-corner from the site on Williams Street - would help pay for the roughly $2 million in work required to modernize the 140-year-old Doyle's.
The upgraded restaurant would be run by Brassica Kitchen and Café, which now operates down the street in Forest Hills, according to Watermark, whose principals have a personal connection to the old Doyle's - founder Jeffrey Goodman , including son Lee, who is now a principal of the company, to Doyle's all the time.
Plans call for restoration of Doyle's original walnut bar and for the creation of a new, larger Kennedy Room for large parties and political meetings of the sort Doyle's was famous for. Watermark applied for city Community Preservation Act funds for the work, but did not receive a grant.
To build the market and new condos, Watermark's plans call for razing the house that now sits next to Doyle's, at Washington and Gartland streets. Three of the units will be marketed as affordable.
Watermark says it will be able to construct the market and condos without disturbing Stony Brook, which now flows in a conduit under part of the existing Doyle's.
Doyle's Cafe Restoration documents and calendar.