The Capital Grille, long known as the city centerpiece for power lunches with fine cuts of meat, elegant romantic interludes and long wonderful nights at the bar sipping on Stoli Dolis, is leaving its 359 Newbury Street digs for a new home a block away at the Hynes Convention Center. Taking over the corner of the Hynes at Boylston and Dalton Streets – the opposite end from Towne Stove and Spirits – the new space has allowed the Capital Grille to double in size to a now impressive 10,000 square feet. Officially opening on Wednesday, August 24, highlights to the space include five private dining areas for meetings and events, outdoor patio dining, a larger lounge and bar area and seating for 315 people.
The new ample spacing promises to come without sacrificing the intimate, personalized service The Capital Grille has been known for. Lunch is also now on the menu at The Capital Grille for the first time, open from 11:30AM to 3PM weekdays. For those on the clock, the promise of an in and out lunch experience of 45 minutes or less comes with every lunch.
This latest addition to the Mass. Ave. end of the Back Bay’s Boylston Street is continuing the upscale dining options along the more traditionally casual dining row of Boylston including mainstays The Pour House and Whiskey’s. Perhaps this is the Back Bay’s way of combating the newness of the Seaport District and the allure Boston Convention Center to keep locals and out of towners in the district long know for shopping and dining.
So what do you expect from the new Capital Grille? Will leaving its intimate Newbury hideaway take away the Armani wearing patrons and leave it with the standard fare convention attendees? Or, will the ample space open up opportunities for bigger and bolder parties from the real Boston powerhouse players?