International food powerhouse Eataly is officially coming to Boston.
On June 2, the Boston Globe reported the signing of a lease between Eataly executives and Boston Properties to build a $20 million food emporium at Prudential Center, taking up the entire food court space.
Boston would be the Italian mega-food store’s fourth U.S. location (Eataly currently runs two stores in New York and one in Chicago). The brainchild of Italian businessman Oscar Farinetti, who launched the first Eataly in Turin in 2007, the brand has expanded to other countries as well, including Japan, Dubai and Turkey. Thanks to a partnership with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, Eataly opened its first U.S. storefront in New York in 2010.
Celebrity chef Batali has recently opened his first restaurant in Boston. Babbo Pizzeria opened in March 2015.
Eataly’s Boston plans include a 15-year lease and a projected five million visitors per year. “Boston is one of the most important and historical cities in the United States,” Nicola Farinetti, Oscar’s son who helps run the business, told the Boston Globe. “I see very few places like the Pru in cities all over the world where you can appeal to the tourists and the locals at the same time.”