North End restaurateur, Frank DePasquale, is expanding to Kneeland Street with his new venture, “Splash.” The owner of Bricco, Mare, Trattoria Il Panino and Umbria will focus “Splash” on a gourmet burger bar theme led by Executive Chef Gianni Caruso, also of Bricco and Umbria.
DePasquale has been one of the most vocal opponents of the North End neighborhood groups policy to limit hours to midnight on weekends and 11:00 pm during the week. The opening on Kneeland Street may be to take advantage of the greater late-night activity in that part of the city.
According to Sophisticated Nightlife:
“Splash, located at 150 Kneeland Street, features a picturesque roof deck with a fountain and luxe cabanas, as well as an ultra lounge offering after-hours dining till 2am.”
“My vision was to introduce something with a water-theme to the day and night life scene that’s unlike anything else in Boston,” said De Pasquale, who owns and operates De Pasquale Ventures in the North End. “It’s going to offer that same loungy, hip, modern feel similar to Vegas, L.A. and Miami.”
“Splash’s entrance will feature a glass wall with trickling water leading to its main attraction, a spacious, picturesque roof deck with a dazzling decorative fountain surrounded by plush cabanas, beds and lounge chairs garnished with shrubbery. In addition to its roof deck, Splash’s interior will offer a relaxed atmosphere with house music, low- slung leather seating, TVs, billiards, private function rooms and a private celebrity lounge.”