Haute Secrets Boston: Chris Haynes of CBH Communications

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.

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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!