110 Grill joins South Bay mall's eatery lineup

110 Grill's new South Bay location is open for business. Dan Sheehan photo

Last Thursday, 110 Grill in the South Bay mall hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration to mark the official opening of the Dorchester shopping center’s newest eatery.

The 6,000-square foot, 180-seat property at South Bay represents the first venture into the city of Boston for 110 Grill, a quickly growing restaurant group that has established 16 locations in Massachusetts and 24 overall in the northeast region since the chain’s first eatery opened in Chelmsford in 2014. 

Ryan Dion, 110 Grill’s chief operating officer, told the Reporter that the restaurant chain is “beyond thrilled” to tap into the Dorchester market, which he cited for its vast opportunity for growth.

“We’ve always wanted to go into Boston,” he said, observing that other parts of the city, like the Seaport, are becoming “oversaturated” with restaurants. “There’s a lot of foot traffic here, and I think there was just a need here. We’re really happy to be here.”

Director of Marketing Alicia Puputti explained that while each 110 Grill location adapts to fit its unique space, some signature features, like the restaurant’s horseshoe-shaped bar, create a level of continuity through the entire restaurant group.

In addition to ample bar seating, the South Bay location also boasts an open kitchen and a private dining area. A patio with outdoor seating is expected to open later this summer. Puputti added there is a potential for regular live music going forward.

The company describes its food as “modern American” served in an “upscale-casual atmosphere.” Its wide-ranging menu –honchoed by Directory of Culinary Elliot Williams – features extensive steak, fish, and salad options, as well as more pub-style choices like burgers and flatbreads. Those standbys will accompany 110 Grill’s extensive vegetarian, gluten free, and other dietary-restricted options, and a rotating selection of seasonal specials. Patrons can also choose from a handful of seasonal cocktails and a large selection of local craft beers on tap.

The restaurant’s location at 1 District Ave puts it at the heart of South Bay’s re-envisioned, walkable “urban grid” layout alongside already opened eateries Wahlburgers, Chipotle, J.P. Licks, and the new Japanese BBQ joint Gyu-Kaku. Totto Ramen and MidiCi Neopolitan Pizza Company are slated to open in the coming months to round out the commercial district.