Developer files plans for a residential building in Everett with ‘the tallest restaurant in New England’

The Varano Group will head up the building’s restaurant project.

Restaurant at Sky Everett.

Gone are the days of dining at the Top of the Hub while the twinkling lights of Boston stretch before you, but a new building might offer diners another chance to take in expansive views with a martini in hand.

John Tocco, who helped to build Encore Boston Harbor as the casino’s executive director of government affairs and community relations, has filed plans with the City of Everett to build a 21-story residential tower with a rooftop restaurant at 114 Spring St. Developed by Tocco’s V10 Development and designed by Context in Charlestown, Sky Everett aims to be the tallest residential building in Everett.

In a press release, V10 Development said Sky Everett will also house “the tallest restaurant in New England.” The rooftop destination will be run by Nick and Nico Varano, of the The Varano Group, whose restaurants currently include Strega North End, Nico, and Rina’s. (Earlier this year, Danu Partners purchased three Strega restaurants from The Varano Group.)

Tocco told that he first got to know Nick through the opening of Encore Boston Harbor, where the restaurateur opened Fratelli with Frank DePasquale.

“I’ve always enjoyed his dining establishments, and I think when we were envisioning a restaurant on a roof, it really needed to be something that people could recognize and be drawn to,” Tocco said. “Nick does a wonderful job of creating special places that people want to go to. So it was kind of a no-brainer.”


Sky Everett

The Sky bar and restaurant will feature a 6,000-square-foot restaurant and lounge area, including a 1,500-square-foot sky deck with a retractable roof conducive to four-season indoor and outdoor dining. There currently aren’t any details about the menu, and The Varano Group declined to provide further information to about the upcoming concept.

Sky Everett is still in the early stages of development. Tocco said they had recently filed plans to the city for review, and that construction would ideally start in the spring of 2022, with a finish date of late 2024. V10 also stated it would provide a 15-foot right of way to the city along 114 Spring St. to allow for a dedicated bus lane and future Silver Line stop.

“I commend V10 for working with the City to help advance our transportation priorities as well as creating fantastic public spaces,” said Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria in the press release. “Silver Line expansion into Everett has been a priority of my administration for years. … This project supports our transportation goals and, just as important, cleans another significantly contaminated site in our city and returns it to the public for lasting enjoyment and revitalization. At the end of the day, it’s a beautiful project.”

This article was originally published in the Boston Globe on March 3, 2021. Click here to view the original article.