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Jazz club and restaurant in the works for Nubian Square

The exterior of the Bolling Building in Boston's Nubian Square.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

A Boston-area neighborhood is about to get jazzy.

Jazz Urbane Cafe, a 200-seat jazz club and restaurant, is heading for the Bolling Building in Roxbury’s Nubian Square. The cafe will be an “urban arts venue” that spotlights local and national artists “who define and celebrate the diverse cultural traditions that make Boston a unique and global city,” according to its website.

The cafe received approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals earlier this month. Its owners, local entrepreneurs Bill Banfield, Nia Grace, and Turahn Dorsey, are hoping for a June 2023 opening, according to their attorney Lesley Delaney Hawkins.


The 7,800-square-foot space in the Ferdinand section of the building will feature a round stage surrounded by tables, a lounge, a 10-seat bar, and a private dining room, according to Hawkins. The restaurant will be open for both lunch and dinner, will offer brunch on Sundays, and close at 2 a.m.

The cafe still needs to get approval for food, liquor, and entertainment licenses.

Brittany Bowker can be reached at brittany.bowker@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @brittbowker and on Instagram @brittbowker.