When it comes to opening a restaurant in the South End, the powerhouse behind some of the biggest names in town is Chris Haynes. He has been at the forefront of the South End restaurant scene since he helped bring Aquitaine to town, which he launched from Paris.
From day spas and product launches to restaurant openings and retail events (think Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade and Nanette Lepore) the Portland, Maine native works with some of the hautest properties in Boston. He has even helped launch renowned restaurateur’s first restaurants including Barbara Lynch, No. 9 PARK; Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery; Garrett Harker, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks; Ana Sortun of Oleana.
We caught up with Chris recently to find out what he loves most about Boston.
Photo Credit: CBH Communications
Where were you born? Portland, Maine
How long in Boston? Moved here after college, S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University 1994
Where do you live now? Union Park, Boston’s South End
Occupation? President/Owner CBH Communications. Publicity & Public Relations
Favorite Restaurant: Aquitaine, Boston
Best Sushi: Oishii Boston
Best Italian: Davio’s
Best Dessert: Blackbird Doughnuts, but changes daily
Best place for a romantic date: I’ll let you know when I get one!
Best Sunday brunch: Metropolis Cafe
Best place for a power business meeting: Bristol Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Mandarin Oriental
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Copley Square/Shops at the Prudential
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches: Shreve, Crump & Low
Best Spa: SKOAH, Boston
Favorite Charity Event: Community Servings & Victims Rights Law Center
Favorite Cultural Event: Boston Marathon
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Wang Center
Best Steakhouse: Grill 23
Best Pizza: Picco
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox
Best Massage: Elizabeth Grady
Best Driving Service: Uber, In fact I’m now carless for the first time since I was 17 — and loving it!
Best Museum/Exhibit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Boston Public Garden
Describe Boston in three words: Always Growing & Changing
All-around favorite locale in Boston, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other: Boston’s South End
Best aspect of Boston: That geographically it is so pivotal to everything! and everywhere. I can be in NYC, Nantucket or Paris within a few hours or less!