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New England Development has added two “nationally acclaimed” restaurants to its lineup at Chestnut Hill Square, joining a Wegmans supermarket and an Equinox gym.

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As construction continues to move along at the future , the property owners announced today two new restaurants that will be joining the lineup at the Route 9 development. 

Seasons 52 “fresh grill and wine bar” and BRIO Tuscan Grille will be opening up their first Massachusetts locations at Chestnut Hill Square, according to a press release from the site’s owners, New England Development.

Both restaurants will be opening in fall 2013.

“We are excited to bring Seasons 52 to the residents of New England for the first time. Chestnut Hill is an ideal setting for our guests – people who celebrate living well while enjoying upscale dining, shopping and entertainment,” Seasons 52 President Stephen Judge said in a press release.

Seasons 52 will be approximately 9,500 square feet, the press release said, and will feature a custom-built wine cellar, a piano bar, two private dining rooms and an “exclusive” chef’s table. The restaurant is expected to create around 100 jobs.

There are more than 30 Seasons 52 locations nationwide, according to the restaurant’s website, with restaurants in Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, California, New Jersey and New York, among others.

The 8,100-square-foot BRIO Tuscan Grille is described as serving “upscale affordable restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine,” and will feature an outdoor patio, the press release said. It is part of the Columbus, Ohio-based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group, which operates more than 100 restaurants.

There are more than 40 Brio Tuscan Grille locations nationwide, according to its website, with restaurants in Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Flordia and more than a dozen up the East Coast.

The two restaurants , which was announced late last year. An Equinox gym is also slated to open up in the new development.

Meanwhile, across the street, the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center is continuing its redevelopment and rebuilding on the former Macy’s site. Owners WS Development have plans for a , , and .

The Atrium Mall, on the other hand, , a site for medical offices.

The full press release from New England Development is included below:

Seasons 52 and Brio to Open First Mass. Locations at Chestnut Hill Square

New England Development announced today that Seasons 52 and Brio Tuscan Grill, two nationally acclaimed restaurants, will open their first Massachusetts locations at Chestnut Hill Square in October 2013.   Located on Route 9 in Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill Square will feature an exciting mix of specialty shops and restaurants as well as Wegmans Food Markets, Equinox, and medical offices.

Chestnut Hill Square’s unique combination of uses, its ideal location on Route 9, and direct access from Route 9 east and westbound and from the Mall at Chestnut Hill are attracting national, regional, and local retailers and restaurateurs.   Douglass Karp, Executive Vice President of New England Development, commented, “We’ve envisioned Chestnut Hill Square as a location that will serve the local community and also become a destination by featuring unique shops, restaurants, and medical offices.  We’re especially pleased to announce several firsts:  the first Massachusetts location for Seasons 52 and BRIO Tuscan Grill, the first urban concept store for Wegmans, and the first suburban Club for Equinox.”

Seasons 52, the highly acclaimed fresh grill and wine bar, which will create approximately 100 new jobs in the area, will be the first-ever Seasons 52 in Massachusetts. The restaurant will be approximately 9,500 square feet and will feature a warm, welcoming ambiance with rich mahogany accents, custom-built wine cellar, casually sophisticated dining room, and piano bar featuring live music nightly.  Additionally, the restaurant will offer two private dining rooms and an exclusive chef’s table.  “We are excited to bring Seasons 52 to the residents of New England for the first time. Chestnut Hill is an ideal setting for our guests – people who celebrate living well while enjoying upscale dining, shopping and entertainment,” said Stephen Judge, president of Seasons 52.

BRIO Tuscan Grill, which serves steaks, housemade pasta specialties and flatbreads prepared in an authentic Italian oven, will open an 8,100 square foot restaurant at Chestnut Hill Square, which will feature outdoor patio seating. BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is an upscale affordable restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille” is descriptive in the menu that features wood-grilled and oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO’s philosophy is “to eat well, is to live well;” which is why it only uses the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. BRIO is part of Columbus-based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG). Founded in 1992, BBRG currently operates more than 100 restaurants including BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro.

Wegmans, as announced previously, will be unveiling a new, smaller urban concept at this location, where it will build a 70,000 square foot food store.  “This store will have almost everything customers have come to expect from Wegmans, including the incredible customer service that is our signature,” says Bill Congdon, vice president and New England division manager.

Equinox will be opening its first suburban Boston location at Chestnut Hill Square.  For over 20 years, Equinox fitness clubs have provided an unparalleled member experience, settings new standards from personal training to group fitness to rejuvenating wellness treatments. Equinox Fitness Clubs operates 55 upscale, full-service facilities in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Dallas and DC. The company offers an integrated selection of Equinox-branded programs, services and products, including strength and cardio training, group fitness classes, personal training, spa services and products, apparel and food/juice bars. Since its inception in 1991, Equinox has developed a lifestyle brand that represents service, value, quality, expertise, innovation, attention to detail, market leadership and results.

About New England Development Founded by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen R. Karp in 1978, New England Development is one of the nation’s premier real estate development and management companies, with nearly 50 million square feet of retail, commercial and residential space to its credit. Led by Steve Karp, together with principals Steven S. Fischman and Douglass E. Karp, New England Development is acclaimed for creating imaginative, high-quality real estate developments. They have demonstrated time and time again their expertise in turning the most challenging situations into the most successful projects. These developments include mixed use complexes featuring retail, residential, hotel and office uses; lifestyle retail centers; power centers; marinas; golf courses; resort and convention hotel properties; even an entire planned community. Known for having redefined shopping convenience with some of the country’s most widely recognized and successful enclosed regional malls, New England Development has experience developing, leasing and managing properties across the country. They have built more retail space in the past 30 years than any other developer in the Northeast. By working closely with residents, neighborhood leaders, investors, and tenants, New England Development has developed centers that reflect the best of their communities and have become, in many ways, communities themselves.