‘Comfort food’ on tap for new eatery at old ester site

A new restaurant, called Bowery, will open in early May after renovations are completed at the site of the now-closed Lower Mills restaurant ester and focus on “New American comfort food,” three of the four new owners told the Lower Mills Civic Association on Tuesday night.

Julian Bolger, Mark Standish, Shawn Ahern, and Patrick Dillon bought the business from ester’s owner, Eleanor Arpino, last month. The business shut down on Feb. 11 to allow for reconstruction work to proceed.

The ownership group already owns several establishments in the greater Boston area, including Lucy’s American Tavern in Adams Village, The Punk & Poet in South Boston, and Tavern in the Square in Allston.

Bolger told the association that they plan to keep the general layout of the restaurant, while making some “cosmetic” changes to the interior, adding new booths, tables, and lighting, as well as a new entrance vestibule and canopies over the patio.

A few civic members who spoke up at the meeting to voice concerns that the new restaurant will be similar to the other sports bars currently operated by the owners, which generally attract a younger clientele. In his response, Bolger insisted that efforts would be made to appeal to all ages and demographics while maintaining the family-friendly environment established by ester owner Arpino.

The restaurant will serve a variety of “New American” and “creative comfort food” menu items, he said, while making sure to offer different options than those provided by local establishments like Yellow Door Taqueria and Lower Mills Tavern. Bowery will also feature a seasonal raw bar and the owners intend to host acoustic performances by local entertainment.

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