Puddingstone Tavern, located in Mission Hill near Brigham Center, was not busy at 6 p.m. on this particular Wednesday in September. Four people sat at the bar. One chomped on popcorn. Scott Prince, 32, had just returned from a coffee run.
Prince, who lives in Milton, MA, has been a bartender at the Tavern for eight years. He spent five of those years living on Parker Hill Avenue in Mission Hill. Prince loved living in the area because of its proximity to work and public transit.
He also loved being close to baseball games. “Fenway was right there,” he said.
His most vivid memories of living and working in Mission Hill are centered around the people he has met. “Working here, I get to see the way people interact,” Prince said. The staff at Puddingstone like to host events that bring the community together. Every year, they host the “Dixie Cup,” a soccer tournament between all of the neighborhood’s bars to raise money for charity.
In his time working at the Tavern, Mission Hill has changed a lot. Prince said there are a lot more students and professionals and fewer “townies,” residents that grew up in Mission Hill.
“The area has cleaned up a lot,” Prince said. “It’s more diverse.”