After a long period of inactivity, there is work happening at 64 Cross Street, the location of the former Caffe Graffiti on the corner of Salem Street. Adam Castiglioni of Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog shares these photos of a building permit and signs of construction at the site. Caffe Graffiti closed in late 2011, leaving empty the spot along the Greenway.
In the Fall 2012, pastry chef Lee Napoli of the South End’s ChocoLee Chocolates and restauranteur Brian Lesser of the Speakeasy Group and Storyville, were approved by city officials for zoning relief required to open Bread & Butter, a bakery/cafe with 25 interior seats and a 38 seat outdoor patio. Both North End / Waterfront neighborhood groups supported the request.
Napoli is an accomplished pastry chef with experience at Umbria, Grill 23, Atlantic Hotel and her own chocolate shop in the South End. She also teaches pastry making. Bakery production is expected to be visible from the outside windows on Salem Street.
Plans for Bread & Butter do not include alcohol service. It appears that Caffe Graffiti’s alcohol license has been transferred out of the North End. Hours were presented as 7am to 10pm for the new bakery/cafe. The cafe side will be take-out with no wait staff.