Boathouse Canton is set to open next week in the Tindeco Wharf space that was the longtime home to Bay Cafe.
Maureen McEnerney, who co-owns The Boathouse Canton with her husband, Gene Singleton, said that the goal from the start was to make the Boathouse a worthwhile amenity for the neighborhood, especially the thousands of people that live right on Canton's waterfront.
"We want the Boathouse to be a neighborhood place first," McEnerney said. "If we make it a good place for the neighbors, the rest will follow."
McEnerney said that she also wanted to create a place where people will want to go even if the weather isn't great. Improvements to the interior include the addition of an enclosed side-porch for year-round dining and a refurbished mezzanine-level dining room.
The outdoor setting at Boathouse Canton, which will be ready a few weeks after the mid-April opening, will center on a rebuilt patio, with an outdoor fireplace and large community-style table.
The palm trees and sand that helped make the Bay Cafe's outdoor setting a popular summertime destination have been removed.
Boathouse Canton is at 2809 Boston St. For more information call 410-773-9795 or go to boathousecanton.com.