March 20 2017

High-End Boston Steakhouse Applies for Vacant Burlington Mall Location

By: Rich Hosford

A Boston-based high-end steakhouse featuring cuisine from Italy is looking to open a new location in Burlington.


Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse has applied for an application for a special permit to occupy the location in the Burlington Mall previously occupied by Bobby’s Burger Palace. As reported on BNEWS Bobby’s Burger Palace, a restaurant owned by television chef Bobby Flay, closed at the end of 2016.


The current iteration of Davio’s was founded 1985 when Steve DeFillippo purchased a restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston by the same name. He retooled the menu, the space and the wine list and the place grew in popularity, the restaurant’s website states.


Since DeFillippo took over the restaurant business he has since opened locations in Foxborough, Chestnut Hill and Lynnfield in Massachusetts and out of state locations in Philadelphia and Atlanta.


Davio’s has a number of menus, each with a range of options, including one’s for lunch and dinner, gluten free options, children, brunch and take-out. Click here to see the menus.


The application states that the restaurant is seeking 226, a big increase over what Bobby’s Burger Palace had, though it also points out that with the closing of the Rainforest Cafe there will still be less overall restaurant seats at the mall.


The application states that the leadership at the Burlington Mall believes the restaurant will be a good fit.


“The Property Owner is pleased to be collaborating with the operator of Davia's to introduce a new first-class restaurant to the Burlington community,” it reads. “Davia's successful history in the Boston area market is based on decades of experience by its ownership and management team which is displayed at their existing locations in both the Boston area and suburban locations. The proposed Burlington operation will integrate design uniquely envisioned for this space but will continue to focus on the highest standards for food and service quality.”

The application is scheduled to be before the Burlington Planning Board on Thursday, April 20.  


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