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Bistro Owner Aims to Open New Navy Yard Eatery

John Moore aims to open new restaurant as early as December.

Charlestown residents will soon have another Navy Yard restaurant to visit if the owner of Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar has his way.

John Moore visited the Charlestown Neighborhood Council last week to explain his plans for Positano, which he said could open at 250 First Avenue as soon as December.

“I’d love to start construction in August sometime,” Moore said.

A folder Moore distributed to the council described Positano as a “modern Coastal Italian restaurant where guests will enjoy homemade pastas, brick oven pizzas, fresh seafood and high quality meats amongst beautiful harbor and city views.”

He told the council that the restaurant would serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and could include a carryout and delivery services.

In addition, Moore said that he wants to employ a shuttle service for Charlestown residents. The six-person passenger van should ease the parking burden on the Navy Yard, he said, while also providing safe transport for Charlestown residents who might want to imbibe while visiting.

“I think this will be great for Charlestown,” Moore said, “especially in the snow.”

Moore said the restaurant would likely seat 120 people inside, with another 40 seats available on an outside patio. When it comes to hiring, he said, Moore would employ a preference for hiring workers who live in Charlestown.

The eatery would have a 1 a.m. liquor license, Moore said, but he wouldn’t plan to use it on a regular basis.

He would plan to close the bar “as soon as the last diner is done,” he said.

“We don’t want to keep the bar open for the sake of being open,” Moore added.

Joseph April 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Much success Mr. Moore! Can't wait til this opens!
Seamus O'Sullivan April 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Great idea and much needed. If only others would follow in Mr. Moore's footsteps..... I'll be there.
Kasey Hariman April 12, 2012 at 01:15 PM
A shuttle service seems like a pretty unique idea. Has anyone else heard of a restaurant doing something like that? A quick Google search shows restaurants that offer shuttles to hotels, but nothing quite like what this seems to be.
Rob Nash April 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Good luck John. Kasey, the shuttle service is very popular in Arizona where the have the toughest drunk driving penalties in the country.
Debbie Evans April 12, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Sounds great! Can't wait. Will probably be open before Olives. Ha!
Marie April 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Opening a restaurant in an area with no foot traffic is not financially smart. 250 First Ave. is at the end of the street. No public transportation, no parking...Shuttle service? My family has been in the restaurant business and these lessons were learned the hard way. It has failure written all over it.
JMM02129 April 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Marie - Keep in mind that this will be located in a storefront of a large residential building across the street from the new Spaulding Hospital. John Moore already has an excellent reputation and following as a restaurant owner. Ask around. We need more retail in Charlestown.
Michelle April 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
This is great news John!! So looking forward to enjoying Positano!!
Kasey Hariman April 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Thanks for the tip! I'll have to include "Arizona" in the search if look again.
Seamus O'Sullivan April 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Worst comment in the history of comments by Marie. If you build it, they will come.
GuinnessGuy April 12, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Giddy Up... can't wait.
M. Jensen April 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Awesome news, love the bistro and I agree a reputation is much more then foot traffic. I would have never found the bistro by walking around. It is very unassuming but always packed.
Marie April 12, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I am really looking forward to a nice meal at Positano's. The Navy Yard needs another restaurant by John Moore. Love that name Positano. Can't wait! Wishing you the best John!
Bette Task April 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
There are close to 1,000 housing units in the Navy Yard alone. I think Charlestown can support this restaurant. Who knows, it might become a destination restaurant and people will come from all over Boston.
Robyn April 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I Love It!!!
Abby Gray April 13, 2012 at 02:41 PM
John! You were mentioned in my Mum in Law's LONDON Newspaper! Richard sent you the article! So PROUD of our hometown MAN! Love NYB!
Kasey Hariman April 13, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Any chance you've got a link to that article, Abby? Or was there only a paper copy? I'd love to see it, too. It's always cool to see Charlestown get some positive press worldwide. Thanks!
Stephanie April 14, 2012 at 09:45 PM
John, This is fantastic news! You have tapped into what Charlestown really needs. Can't wait. Stephanie
CTownRN April 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Amrheins in Southie offers shuttle service as well and we used it a few times when I lived there! Love this idea- It's a great option to avoid parking problems, snow, drinking/driving.
Christina April 17, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I hope John's interest in the Navy Yard motivates other people in the restaurant business (except maybe Marie who seems too negative!) to take advantage of the location and the large volume of residents HUNGRY for more restaurant options! I'll definitely use the shuttle to get home in the winter!
Nancy Mahoney October 07, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I cannot wait for this to happen John! I live in.the building, look forward to yet another success from you.

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