D'Amico and Partners has signed a lease to occupy the space that was formerly the Loring Caf, 1624 Harmon Place, said Tim Oskey of Loring Corners, the building's property manager.
Oskey said Loring Corners talked to a number of restaurants about the space. "D'Amico came through with the strongest presentation. We put guidelines out there -- a new restaurant had to be a one-of-a-kind, fun, charismatic and oriented to the diverse community. They came in with a commitment to do something unique. We were impressed."
The restaurant is expected to open in mid- to late-August, Richard D'Amico said. The company is still putting the finishing touches on the concept and D'Amico said he did not want to discuss it until planning was completed.
D'Amico's has spent the last six to seven years focusing on D'Amico & Sons and Campiello's, he said. "We have a lot of pent-up creativity we are waiting to explode on the scene. It is the perfect site for something new and different," he said.
The Loring Caf, a popular bohemian hangout, closed May 31 when Loring Corners did not renew its lease, setting off petition drives and protests to keep it open.