After a relatively cool spring, Ashmont residents can expect a heat check in the coming months. Flames, the Boston-based Caribbean restaurant chain, will be opening up a fourth location in Peabody Square later this year.
According to Jenn Cartee, executive director of Greater Ashmont Main Streets, Flames owner Jonathan Chambers is in the process of renovating a vacant building at 1 Peabody Square, adjacent to 7-11. Chambers’ request for change of use of the property, which formerly housed a chiropractic health center, will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals at a hearing next Tuesday, June 25.
In a letter to the ZBA expressing support for the new location, Cartee described the incoming restaurant as “a well-suited addition to our existing business mix and a vibrant business model that will enhance the foot traffic and vitality of one of our anchor business nodes. The building at 1 Peabody Square has been derelict and in disrepair for nearly a decade. We as an organization have tried to work with the owner to find an appropriate tenant who would renovate and activate it, or, failing that, a buyer who would redevelop the parcel entirely. There have been many stumbling blocks along the way, so we are thrilled to welcome an experienced, successful businessman like Mr. Chambers to the parcel.”
Over the past two years, Peabody Square has seen a revitalization campaign that invested over $90,000 into new plantings, landscaping, street and bike infrastructure, and signage in the square. Cartee pointed to those efforts as part of what made the location “appealing” for Chambers.
Flames currently operates three other locations in Mattapan, Grove Hall, and Mission Hill.