Food & dining

Boston Chops to get a Downtown Crossing outpost

Boston MA 7/23/16 Chris Coombs (cq), a chef/restauranteur managed to make a successful restaurant Deuxave in a formerly cursed location on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue on Saturday July 23, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:
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Chris Coombs (pictured) and Brian Piccini will open a second location of their South End steakhouse in Downtown Crossing.

Boston Urban Hospitality restaurateurs Chris Coombs and Brian Piccini will open a second outpost of their successful South End steakhouse, Boston Chops, in Downtown Crossing. The restaurant — known for unusual meat preparations like oxtail croquettes and braised tripe — will take over the former Mantra space at 52 Temple Place, says Coombs.

Coombs says he’s “bullish” on the Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

”It’s a beautiful space. [The first] Boston Chops used to be a bank, and this one also used to be a bank, so it’s fitting,” he says. “We’re excited to transform a historic space with amazing character into a new Boston Chops.”


The restaurateurs also operate dbar in Dorchester and Deuxave in the Back Bay.

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