There must be something about 755 Boylston that evokes a feeling of community. Once the shadowy Vox Populi, that bar took its moniker from the Latin term for “voice of the people.” It shut down in December, locking the people out, but the space wasn’t vacant for long.
“This is the perfect location,” says Euz Azevedo, owner of the soon-to-open Forum. He’s moving a mile a minute, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise—Azevedo’s Boston Nightlife Ventures operates spots ranging from the Tap in Faneuil Hall to Noche in the South End. As a double-decker upscale eatery, Forum is his most ambitious project to date. “We needed to open it. There was all this amazing real estate and nobody was using it properly.”
To amp up the old Vox interior, Azevedo enlisted New York’s Project Design Associates, the same folks responsible for L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre across the street. Downstairs, there’s a small patio and an angular island bar playing host to a team of flat-screens. Upstairs is a different story. “These are meant to be completely separate areas,” says Azevedo, climbing the spotlit staircase. This sort of split-level, multi-experience concept has certainly proven a success at Sel.
On the second floor, origami-inspired panels segment the room into intimate spaces. Private dining and convertibility is a theme. “You could screen a movie back here or have a big business meeting,” Azevedo says as he shows off a multimedia-equipped function space which is capable of hosting up to 50 and comes with a pop-out bar. “It’s totally customizable.” For more seclusion, small parties can request the wine room, a steak house–inspired space surrounded with bottles.
Director of operations/ chef Jared Chinacola’s menu promises progressive American fare. “We aren’t reinventing the wheel,” he says, “but we’ll be using refined French techniques to provide really specialized versions of some favorites.” Beef Wellington is deconstructed to include tenderloin filet, seared foie gras and wild mushrooms. “We want to do everything properly,” he adds, stressing an emphasis on detail, especially in his house-made pastas.
Most tables are arranged to overlook Boylston Street, providing an elevated view of one of the city’s most vibrant scenes. “I would love to add a second-floor deck,” Azevedo says, before acknowledging the lengthy permit process it would entail. “But just imagine being here on Marathon Monday?” Most would agree that it would be an impressive sight. Let’s hope the people have their say.
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