Quincy’s Marina Bay Beach Club will undergo a complete makeover and reopen as
the Ocean Club at Marina Bay this Memorial Day weekend.
North End restaurateurs Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano are taking over the
nightspot billed as the largest outdoor entertainment complex in the Northeast.
“It’s always been one of the greatest outdoor venues in the state, and I believe
with me and Nick teaming up together, we can make it the best,” DePasquale said.
“We’re going to be bringing in top-name DJs and top-quality bands, local and
The 62,000-square-foot, 1,600-capacity venue will sport new plush cabanas, four
bars, an upscale lounge and a gourmet food court with the pair’s take on
burgers, pizza and barbecue. The professional volleyball court and billiard area
will be maintained.
The Ocean Club at Marina Bay will operate Friday through Sunday, opening at 11
a.m. on the weekend.
DePasquale Ventures operates six North End restaurants, including Bricco and
Mare, as well as Umbria Prime in the Financial District and Splash Ultra Lounge
in the Leather District. The Varano Group, which owns the Strega and Nico
restaurants in the North End and Nick Varano’s Famous Deli, also is developing a
second Strega that’s expected to open this summer on Fan Pier.
Boston’s Big Night Entertainment had operated the Marina Bay Beach Club,
formerly known as Waterworks, since 1996.
While the mechanical bull might not entirely be a thing of the past, expect to
see some changes. “It’s going to be more of a boating, yacht club,
Nantucket-y feel,” spokeswoman Jennifer Harvey said.
Harvey said brothers Ed and Joe Kane, who head up the club, are looking to cater
more to young professionals. With that, they hope to attract more corporate
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WaterWorks has been subject to frequent criticism from neighbors fed up with
A series of interior renovations – fireplaces, water
view seating and a new entryway – is expected to make the club more than just an
outdoor venue. The 21/2-acre lot is known for its palm tree grove and beach
“Now we have the ability to section off for private parties and make it more
VIP,” Harvey said. The renovations are expected to be complete by early
Also new will be a big Fourth of July party and more headlining acts, Harvey
Ed Kane also owns The Estate in Boston, as well as Hingham restaurants Tosca,
Cafe Tosca and Stars.