Sip and Snack at Downtown Boston’s Upcoming Liquor Store and Delicatessen
The next addition to Downtown Boston’s ongoing cultural renaissance is one that exudes sophistication, style, and plenty of spirits: an installation of Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors.
It’s new location will be 39 Temple Place in Downtown Crossing, where the owners are more colloquially calling it “Gordon’s Boston.” The arrival of Gordon’s Boston will mark Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors fourth official location; it’s original locations are in Waltham, Watertown, and Newton.
In its current planning stages, Gordon’s Boston is aiming to bring over 600 wines, 200 scotches, and hundreds of other spirits to Downtown Crossing. Patrons overwhelmed by the store’s massive selection shouldn’t fret; the long, narrow location comes decked out with Enomatic wine machines that offer guests free samples of more than 48 different wines. The machines are set to feature rotating selections so recurring guests never grow bored.
The arrival of Gordon’s Boston also brings with it the city’s sole New England Charcuterie/Moody’s Delicatessen counter. While exploring the near never-ending racks of wines, guests may sample and purchase charcuterie, wagyu beef jerky, truffle potato chips, fine cheeses (that correspond with various wines), and pre-made sandwiches. The store’s goal is satisfy a customer’s entire palette.
Bostonians who find themselves either too far from or too busy to get to Gordon’s Boston may avail themselves of the store’s delivery services. Those living in Boston proper are guaranteed deliveries in under an hour; those outside Boston proper may still receive deliveries, but they won’t fit under the hour umbrella.
In an interview with Boston Eater, owner David Gordon teased a number of interesting plans for the Boston location. A few months after opening sometime in the winter, Moody’s Delicatessen will offer made-to-order sandwiches and sliced deli meat. Much like Gordon’s other locations, this one will regularly offer events for its customers. These will include educational seminars by winemakers, distillers, and brewers; food-and-wine competitions like the Sommelier Smackdown; and rare beer tastings like the Black Beer Affair. Though he couldn’t disclose much yet, Gordon also teased the development of a smartphone app to be used, somehow, in-store.
In the interview, Gordon also discusses the reason for choosing Downtown Crossing as the chain’s first Boston proper location: diversity.
“We see the population growth there,” explains Gordon. “We’ve passively been looking for about five years, but nothing popped. This popped at the right time and the right place, and I love the area. It’s kind of symbolic of Waltham — it’s a complete melting pot. I think it makes more sense than if we were going into Back Bay or the South End. Downtown Crossing feels like home. There’s a lot going on, a diverse set of people. That’s really the driving factor to do something like this here.”
The arrival of Gordon’s Boston is yet another step in Downtown Boston’s ongoing transformation into a more cultural and cosmopolitan area. Last month, popular European clothing retailer Primark opened its first American location in Downtown Crossing. A little further down Washington St., the Godfrey Hotel Boston will open its doors to guests in December. This winter, Gordon’s Boston—with its New England Charcuterie/Moody’s Delicatessen—will join them.
The addition of Gordon’s Boston should help further expand the neighborhood’s ability to provide residents with top-shelf choices to match those available anywhere else in the city . A current opening date is not yet nailed down for the location, so keep an eye on their website for more information.