Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wanna Rumble With the Beehive?...

I'm back. After a long vacation that ended with an unplanned even longer vacation, as well as a fixed computer, I've got my Uggs on and I'm ready to ease into blogging once again. Remember, I've been away from a neighborhood where people still wear Uggs, heirloom tomatoes can still form the basis for a retail establishment, infant-filled strollers are used as battering rams amidst heavy traffic and the median age is twenty -- so please bear with me as I get back into a South End state of mind.

While I was away (dining on NON-heirloom tomatoes, to boot) I seem to have missed out on the "buzz" about the South End's "hippest" new restaurant, The Beehive. In the interest of full disclosure, I have not been to this shining gem in the necklace that is restaurant row. However, I have seen the velvet ropes and ear-pieced bouncer and almost wet myself. I am quite certain that a bouncer is necessary to protect the South End's numerous VIP's from the riff-raff. (On second thought, maybe some long-time, original South Enders paid for this service to direct the riff-raff away from us and into the restaurant). How exclusive is this chic new haunt? Well, let's just say that my parents friends, "Morty and Sylvia Rosenbloom" (names have been changed to protect them from the ignominy of appearing in this blog) from Chestnut Hill have already been and loved, loved, loved it!! Now that's hip.

Also, some of the guys from my friend's law firm have already been there on the ol' expense account. They did report back that the "drinks were great." (I am of the opinion that in Boston, to have a successful restaurant, all you need are good drinks -- food is really secondary or even tertiary).

For this they need a velvet rope?

Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that the South End finally has somewhere other than Franklin Cafe for late-night dining, and in theory I would certainly want to patronize someplace that has Berklee Music School students playing jazz. Its just that the whole velvet rope thing should be left to places like New York's famous Scores strip club, circa 1992. Only here could that type of thing appeal to the pretentious boobs of the New South End.

On a related note, for exactly which VIP's are the velvet ropes meant? In Boston, apparently VIP means the occasional newscaster, hairdresser of newscasters, New England Patriot, wife of New England Patriot, car dealership owner, or owner of small chain of donut shops. Oh the glamour of it all!!


Anonymous only been here six years said...

I've been: I try every restaurant in the neighborhood. The drinks are indeed good, the food pretty dull, the atmosphere quite cool, the music just okay, the service really appalling. I don't think the velvet rope has a VIP function, it's just line management, since the place has a capacity of 300, and has caught on pretty quickly.

I put the Beehive in the same category as Pho Republique (whose owner is a co-owner of the Beehive): a place where the cool atmosphere makes it a decent place for a cocktail, but not much else. (I think Pho's food is really mediocre and overpriced.) But long lines defeat the ability to just drop in for a pop, so I don't expect it will get much of my business.

(Oh, and seeking proper celebrities in Boston is like going to Casablanca for the waters. If you ever expected that, you clearly were misinformed.)

July 16, 2007 at 7:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kitty said...

We missed you on your extended vacay! My computer died this summer, too, and I offer my condolences. At least you had your Uggs to keep you warm!

August 7, 2007 at 8:30:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The South End really is dead. You haven't posted in nearly a month. LOL

At least all the strollers and dogs are on the Vineyard and Nantucket, leaving us city folk some peace and quiet and no lines, no waiting for dinner.

August 8, 2007 at 5:17:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put! I tried to host a birthday party at the 'hive and the snooty French owner/manager told me I could have a roped off section between 5 and 7pm for $3k. Give me a break. The ropes out front and the attitudes that go along with them are exactly the last thing we want in our neighborhood.

November 7, 2007 at 8:34:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Derek said...

The Beehive makes me want to hang myself. I cannot wait for this place to implode under the weight of its own success.

I always thought of the South End sort of like Worcester. Rough around the edges but some really great places (ever been to Ralphs?) are hidden within.

Now I think of the South End more like Hartford.

November 18, 2007 at 9:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger das said...

When you think of a beehive, you think of frenetic activity, of relentless buzz, of creatures milling about in social circles, right? Good. You're already in the right frame of mind for the South End's newest main attraction: The Beehive.Have mercy on the clueless diner who tries to get into this place without a reservation, especially after 8 p.m. on a weekend. A line out the door is a common sight on this corner of Tremont Street.

October 15, 2008 at 7:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said... is so fun to read these comments. I was a South End resident about 15 years ago...back when the gentrification had happened but going down to Shawmut Ave. was considered so brave. Seems like part of what made the South End so wonderful...the true diversity and a non-pretentious long gone. Hopefully the "New York-ification" of Boston will subside, good old thrifty New England values will return, and the South End can become a cool place to live again.

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