|Ian Just, chef-owner of Sorriso and Les Zygomates; photo: Naomi Kooker|
Located at 99 High Street, the restaurant will seat 140 inside with about 60 seats in an outdoor plaza. The restaurant abuts The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. The expansive 5,500-sq.-foot space is being designed by restaurant interior guru Peter Niemitz, and includes a color scheme of dark cream, red and black; the soaring-high ceilings were lowered to abate sound issues and make the space a tad less cavernous. The dining room is mostly windows. Guests can whet their whistles at the 21-seat bar, abetted by a 2AM full-liquor license.
The menu of locally sourced (when possible) New England ingredients will also include late-night eats. Live music is on tap.
The special amenity Bostonians will love: Free parking in the high-rise building. Downtown. Unheard of. “If there’s a foot of snow, you get in your car and you’re never exposed to the elements,” says Just. “Pumps and open-toe shoes recommended.”
Just says he was relieved that he faced no neighborhood association hurdles during the process. He was not looking to do a third store, but was approached by the building’s owner, TIAA-CREF. According to Just, Les Zygomates, which opened in 1994, and Sorriso, which opened in 2004, combined, do about $4 million in annual sales.
Society on High is slated to open sometime this November or December.