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The Beehive & Beat Hôtel’s Honey Hives
The Beehive and Beat Hotel Source Honey from its New Hives at the Bee Sanctuary in Boston’s South End
(BOSTON, MA) – [May 16th, 2014] The Beehive located in Boston’s South End, and Beat Hôtel located in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, have begun their very own hives to produce honey for their restaurants. The hives are within The Bee Sanctuary at The Best Bees Company in Boston’s South End. One hive will be maintained for each location.
Each hive space is roughly 2ft x 3ft with resident non-aggressive Italian honey bees that draw their nectar from nearby flowers, most commonly from the Public Garden in Boston and other neighboring sites. Each hive begins with 10,000 bees and can grow in size to 80,000 bees by harvest time in late summer or early fall. The anticipated yield for each hive varies and is difficult to project according to Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., Founder & Chief Scientific Officer at The Best Bees Company, “The yield can range from 0-100lbs. That being said it is interesting that our highest yields have been in urban environments like the South End and Harvard Square the same locations as The Beehive and Beat Hôtel locations,” said Noah Wilson-Rich, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Best Bees Company, LLC. Honey bees are of tremendous economic and ecological importance, and Best Bees Company uses its profits for research to improve the dying honey bees health. By making partnerships similar to this with The Beehive and Beat Hôtel, the company says that “together, we are saving the world, one honey bee at a time.”
The Beehive and Beat Hôtel will look forward to harvesting the honey hopefully in August and incorporating it into their menu items. “Honeybees are under threat worldwide because of virulent viruses against which they have no natural defenses. Without beekeepers like Noah and his team at The Best Bees Company to care for them, honeybees could disappear in a few years. We’ve always been very involved in our communities and we’re looking forward to the yield and offering this uniquely local honey to our guests,” said Jack Bardy, Co-Owner of The Beehive and Beat Hôtel.
About The Beehive:
The Beehive is an underground Bohemian bistro featuring amazing cuisine, libations, artwork and live music nightly. Nestled below the Boston Center for the Art’s historic Cyclorama in Boston’s South End, The Beehive serves the eclectic fare of Chef Marc Orfaly, rustic comfort foods infused with American, European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern influences. The Beehive is at 541 Tremont St., 617-423-0069; beehiveboston.com. Hours are as follows: Dinner: Sunday through Wednesday from 5:30PM to 12:00AM, Thursday through Saturday from 5:30PM to 1:00AM. Bar to 2:00AM, entertainment nightly. Brunch Served Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM until 3:00PM, bar menu 3:00PM to 5:00PM.
About Beat Hôtel :
Beat Hôtel is an American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Inspired by the hippie and beat movements of the mid-twentieth century, Beat caters to all walks of life. Their mission is to satisfy the local community as well as vagabonds passing through. With an always fresh, seasonal, and wholesome menu, enjoyable for carnivores and vegetarians alike, Executive Chef Rebecca Newell’s dishes draw influence and flavors from around the world. The bar celebrates American spirits and American artisanal wines crafted by small batch winemakers with heart and soul. To heighten the senses further, Beat features daily live music by cutting edge musicians in jazz, blues and world music, bringing eclectic artistry to their stage in Cambridge. For more information visitwww.beathotel.com.
About Best Bees Company, LLC:
The Best Bees Company is a beekeeping service and honey bee research operation, founded in 2010. Its primary aims are to 1) raise funds for research related to improving honey bee health, and 2) bolster honey bee populations. Best Bees delivers, installs, and manages honey bee hives for residents and businesses throughout New England – in urban, suburban, and rural habitats, alike. Revenue from these beekeeping services fund in-house research at the Urban Beekeeping Lab & Bee Sanctuary, and also at multiple field sites throughout Massachusetts, including one at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, and another in the City of Boston. Best Bees has grown from only one person (Noah Wilson-Rich) working out of the living room of a small Boston apartment to now employing 17 people, including one post-doctoral researcher, five college student interns, and four retired persons, all working out of an industrial/lab space. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Founder and Chief Scientific Officer – Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D.
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