Patina Restaurant Group announced its new exclusive partnership with Boston’s New England Aquarium (NEAQ) for the management of all food services, including catering, events and visitor dining, beginning this month. NEAQ’s Harbor View Café and seasonal space The Reef will both undergo a significant refresh to create new, exciting dining experiences.
For Delaware North, PRG’s parent company and also the owner and operator of New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena, TD Garden, this is a strategic expansion into Boston, where it holds deep ties in the hospitality and foodservice communities. The company’s extensive relationships and experience will be beneficial to the success of the rejuvenation of NEAQ.
Harbor View Café will be transformed into a modern casual dining experience for families and Aquarium guests with new furnishings and a mix of communal tables, banquets and tables for two. New farm-to-table menus will embrace New England coastal cuisine, such as Chatham cod fish and chips, Grafton cheddar grilled cheese, and North End subs, all sourced locally.
The Reef, outdoor dining situated on the Aquarium Plaza with stunning views of the harbor and city of Boston, will be refreshed with a new gastro pub concept, with a large bar featuring views of the open kitchen. Shellfish platters, charcuterie boards, and small plates perfect for sharing and socializing are planned for the menu alongside craft cocktails.
The selection of Patina Restaurant Group as exclusive caterer at NEAQ comes after a competitive national search for a food partner that could meet the needs of the Aquarium’s growing community and clientele while accommodating a longstanding dedication to sustainable practices. For PRG, based in New York City and Los Angeles, this is an exciting step into the Boston market.
“We’re delighted to now be a part of the New England Aquarium family with this new partnership,” says Jim Houser, chief operating officer and Executive Vice President of Delaware North. “We’re looking forward to bringing delicious, locally-driven, sustainable dining to the Aquarium in a beautiful new setting and embracing the city of Boston.”