The new Blue Ribbon Sushi restaurant opens in Kenmore Square

A new restaurant is opening its doors in Kenmore Square in hopes of spearheading the revitalization of a neighborhood that has seen three prominent businesses shuttered during the pandemic. “What we felt about Kenmore Square is how we felt about Soho in 1991 when we started this project,” said Bruce Bromberg, co-owner of Blue Ribbon Sushi. Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg are the co-owners of Blue Ribbon Sushi, a 120-seat restaurant that opens Thursdays at the old Hawthorne cocktail bar. To create new dishes that no one has ever seen or heard of. “We go back to the heart of family cooking,” said Bruce Bromberg. Blue Ribbon Sushi will be one of three restaurants that will open in Bromberg’s hospitality group within the Commonwealth Hotel. The former Island Creek Oyster will be converted into a coastal seafood-inspired grill called Prescador and the Eastern Standard Restaurant will also become Blue Ribbon Brasserie. “For a few years, we looked at different areas of Boston and really felt that the next and upcoming developing area was really what suited us best,” Eric Bromberg said. And while you can easily spot development in the neighborhood, there are still ways to go. But the prospect of influencing what Kenmore could become is what got the brothers so excited to put their time and money into the mega-project. “It felt like we were in the midst of a really exciting time in Boston and quite frankly, I think in the next few years, we’re going to see this neighborhood as vibrant and vibrant as any other in the city,” said Bruce Bromberg.

A new restaurant is opening its doors in Kenmore Square in hopes of spearheading the revitalization of a neighborhood that has seen three marquee businesses shut down during the pandemic.

“What we felt about Kenmore Square is how we felt about Soho in 1991 when we started this project,” said Bruce Bromberg, co-owner of Blue Ribbon Sushi.

Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg are the co-owners of Blue Ribbon Sushi, a 120-seat restaurant that opens Thursdays at the old Hawthorne cocktail bar.

“We are not necessarily the most creative, the most creative, and we are constantly trying to create new dishes that no one has ever seen or heard of. We go back to the heart of family cooking,” Bruce Bromberg said.

Blue Ribbon Sushi will be one of three restaurants that will open in Bromberg’s hospitality group within the Commonwealth Hotel. The former Island Creek Oyster will be converted into a coastal seafood-inspired grill called Prescador and the Eastern Standard Restaurant will also become Blue Ribbon Brasserie.

“For a few years, we looked at different areas of Boston and really felt that the next and upcoming developing area was really what suited us best,” Eric Bromberg said.

And while you can easily spot development in the neighborhood, there are still ways to go. But the prospect of influencing what Kenmore could become is what got the brothers so excited and putting their time and money into the huge project.

“I felt like we were in the midst of a really exciting time in Boston and quite frankly, I think in the next few years, we’re going to see this neighborhood come as vibrant and vibrant as any other neighborhood in the city,” Bruce Bromberg said.

The Priscador is set to open after Labor Day, and the Blue Ribbon Brasserie opens in early 2023.

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