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12 Boston Power Players to Watch

By Scott Kearnan
October 28, 2013

Power hungry? Open wide. Here's a serving of chefs, designers and behind-the-scenes industry honchos who are dominating the scene.

  • Taniya Nayak

    The HGTV personality and resident designer of Food Network's Restaurant Impossible has been responsible for some of the city's most attractive restaurant interiors in recent years, from Downtown's Petit Robert Central to the Theater District's Abby Lane. This month, doors opened on her latest project, Back Bay Harry's. Results: predictably fab. 

  • Brian Lesser and Max Camponovo

    Lesser (left) is the hospitality kingpin behind a slew of Boston spots, operating everything from straight-up restaurants like Sweet Cheeks Q and Tavern Road to more hybridized nightspots like Storyville. In October, he and managing partner Camponovo invited us to Tunnel, the sexy reinvention of the W Hotel's former Descent lounge. We never want to leave.

  • The Beat Hotel team

    Years ago, The Beehive was at the forefront of restaurants that brought renewal and reinvention to Boston's South End neighborhood, offering a French-inflected hive of music, art and food for urban gypsies searching for a night out. Now the same team, co-owners Jack Bardy, Jennifer Epstein, Bertil Jean-Chronberg and Bill Keravuori (all Boston bigwigs in their own right) have opened the Beat Hotel in Harvard Square. Let the beat go on. 

  • Monica Glass

    Glass clearly packs some power in her flour. She hadn't yet turned 30 when she was honored as a "Best New Pastry Chef" this year by Food & Wine. We can't wait to see what the future holds for the rising star, but in the meantime, we'll just satisfy our cravings with her creations at Clio

  • Tony Maws

    It was a decade ago this year that Maws opened Craigie Street Bistrot, whose spirit lives on in a new location with a new name: Craigie on Main. And after 10 years, we're still as excited over one of Boston's top chefs. In September, he opened his Somerville restaurant Kirkland Tap & Trotter after months of feverish anticipation. Clearly, we're still sweating him. 

  • Bob Luz

    Mayor Menino's 20-year running term isn't the only reign we learned would come to an end this year. In August, former Massachusetts Restaurant Association president and CEO Peter Christie passed the baton to Luz, a longtime executive in the casual dining industry. Now he's the man at the helm of the state's major restaurant business lobbying and advocacy organization. That's power.

  • Ana Sortun

    The September release of Zagat's 2014 Boston Restaurants Survey showed Sortun is still bringing her A-game: longtime Cambridge Mediterranean Oleana was rated one of the top three restaurants in the city. So it's no surprise that her brand-new Somerville meze spot, Sarma, was one of the area's most eagerly awaited openings. 

  • Sal Boscarino 

    Boscarino is a very familiar face around town. Co-founder of 6one7 Productions, one of the city's most prominent nightlife and hospitality promotions and events companies, he's an established linchpin in the city's entertainment scene. But lately he and his 6one7 cohorts have been branching out into even more projects. And as managing partner of the newly opened Pier 6 (formerly Tavern on the Water), he's spearheaded the transformation of the charming but staid harborside locale to a bumping, contemporary restaurant and social scene. 

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Places Mentioned

Clio

French • Back Bay

Food27 Decor26 Service26 Cost$86
 
 
 
The Beehive

South End

Food21 Decor24 Service21 Cost$34
 
 
 
Sweet Cheeks Q

Barbecue • Fenway/Kenmore

Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$29
 
 
 
Craigie On Main

French • Cambridge

Food28 Decor24 Service26 Cost$72
 
 
 
Abby Lane

American • Theater District

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Tavern Road

American • Seaport District

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
Oleana

Mediterranean • Cambridge

Food28 Decor24 Service26 Cost$55
 
 
 
Petit Robert Central Bistro

French • Downtown

Food23 Decor20 Service21 Cost$39
 
 
 
 
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