Food & Drink

Changing the Channel

The Impressionists had Cafe Guerbois. Hemingway had Les Deux Magots. And Gauguin pretty much had his own island. So why shouldn’t the artists of Fort Point Channel have a cushy spot to drum up inspiration (i.e. drink) at?

Now that the Channel Cafe is open, they can. The burgeoning neighborhood may be a little off-the-beaten track, but so is any artist worth her $300 boho-chic getup. And with every other block under development, the area’s poised to take off any minute now.

Kind of like the cafe itself. Nights at the converted industrial space hum like sleek gallery openings, with tables full of neighborhood painters taking breaks over simple but creative dishes like chicken in saffron-sherry jus and salmon with caper aioli, marinated beets, and spiced lentils. Owner/artist Ana Crowley sees to it that dinner price tags stay close to $10.

Because she knows that the term starving artist should never be taken too literally.

Channel Cafe, 300 Summer Street, at Melcher Street, Fort Point Channel (617-426-0695).