Mayor Menino Cuts Ribbon for Ka-Carlos Restaurant in Upham's Corner
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For Immediate Release
March 28, 2006
Released By:
Neighborhood Development
For More Information Contact:
DeWayne Lehman
dlehman.dnd@cityofboston.gov

Renovations Made Possible Via Neighborhood Restaurant Initiative

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today cut the ribbon for Ka-Carlos Restaurant and Bar at 33 Hancock Street in the Upham’s Corner Main Street district of Dorchester.  Ka-Carlos, located at the site of a previous bar, was completely renovated into a destination, sit-down restaurant, featuring a mix of American, Portuguese and Cape Verdean food. 

“It’s great to be here in Upham’s Corner to see another new, great restaurant in Dorchester,” said Mayor Menino. “Restaurants are so important in growing healthy neighborhood business districts.”

Ka-Carlos is one of 25 restaurants assisted through the Department of Neighborhood Development’s (DND) Neighborhood Restaurant Initiative, which helps restaurateurs and entrepreneurs in opening or expanding neighborhood-based restaurants to strengthen local commercial districts and create new jobs and enhanced retail services.  The initiative provides resources ranging from assistance with licensing and permitting to marketing and design and also includes a financing option to provide working capital.

The owner of Ka-Carlos, Carlos Depina, invested more than $750,000 in the renovation of the site, which he has owned for the past 23 years.  The new business received development assistance from the Office of Business Development, ReStore Boston, and Boston Main Streets.  In addition, the Office of Business Development provided extensive technical assistance and design assistance for the new business.

The renovations are part of broader redevelopment efforts on Hancock Street.  Storefronts along a three-block strip on Hancock Street are being targeted for façade improvement projects.  Across the street from the new restaurant is a private development, which will create two commercial spaces and 10 condominiums.

“Change is happening, and it’s all for the good,” said DND Director Charlotte Golar Richie. “Ka-Carlos is a wonderful addition to a wonderful neighborhood, and it’s only the beginning.”

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