Our Story

The Buttery was conceived in 2005 when two South End residents, tired of not having very many good food or coffee options in their neighborhood, decided they wanted to feed the South End great food. A former criminal prosecutor and an investment manager, they opened The Buttery with no food industry experience but with great passion for exceptional food and service. Like any buttery you would find in England, The Buttery serves fresh, simple, top-quality food throughout the entire day. The Buttery quickly became a neighborhood mainstay with award-winning specialty coffees and teas, house made biscuit breakfast sandwiches, gourmet sandwiches and salads, seasonal soups and scratch pastries. The Buttery expanded to a restaurant and bar with dinner service daily and brunch on weekends in 2008. In 2012, they grew again, adding a prepared foods takeout market next door and a second location on nearby Clarendon Street that offers fresh, healthy take-away foods. The Buttery also offers corporate and home catering services daily, wine dinners and much more!


At The Buttery, supporting local and national causes is part of our core business model. We strive to help raise community awareness and funds for a wide range of local and national causes. Our pet charities include the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Elaine B. Gifford Cat Shelter, Community Servings, Boston Living Center, Victory Programs, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Share Our Strength.




Richard grew up in New York with food-obsessed parents and learned to love food and cooking at an early age. Forgoing his love of food for his greater love for law and order, he studied at Boston University School of Law after receiving an undergraduate degree with a double major in Political Science and English and a Communications minor from Tufts University. In 2005, he turned from the law to the restaurant business after a long career as a criminal prosecutor when he and a friend opened The Buttery to fill the need for a friendly neighborhood bakery-café in the South End.

When Richard isn’t working, you’ll find him on a hike with his dogs, Madison, Harriet and Dexter. No ordinary dogs, each has a Buttery cupcake flavor named for them and a portion of annual cupcake sales are donated to animal rescue causes. Richard also loves to cook, supporting area CSAs by using fresh ingredients from local farms.