South End Buttery is committed to superior quality food and beverages with an emphasis on the diverse interests and personality of our community. Through quality and consistency and the personal attention of an informed staff, the Buttery strives to cultivate a pleasurable and welcoming experience, akin to enjoying a home cooked meal. Our cuisine is driven by an eclectic combination of fresh ingredients and infusions that draw out the natural flavors of contemporary twists on classic American and English fare.

Because quality products speak for themselves, South End Buttery is committed to using organic, all natural, locally raised and grown ingredients as much as possible. The Buttery also supports and has implemented environmentally conscious efforts in the workplace, such as using Dyson airblade hand dryers in all of our kitchens and bathrooms and recycling.  We also have eco-powered lavatory facilities and use biodegradable disposable packaging and recycled paper products as much as possible.

As important as respecting and protecting the environment, one of South End Buttery’s principal core values is to treat everyone with respect, courtesy and dignity. Customers, fellow staff and community members at large all deserve the same regard, kindness and attention. We even make sure your four-legged buddies are taken care of every day with fresh biscuits from Polka Dog Bakery down the block from us! Dog lovers (we have three), we also donate a portion of our cupcake sales to local animal rescue causes.

A knowledgeable customer is an enthusiastic one and that energy is contagious.  Isn’t it time for a fresh cup?

Richard Gordon
Richard Gordon, Owner


Before opening the Buttery, Richard worked as a criminal prosecutor in Boston handling hate crime, elder abuse and school violence cases and worked as a clerk in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. While growing up in New York with parents who loved to eat, Richard was exposed to a wide-ranging culinary experience and developed a penchant for cooking (and eating!) at an early age. 

He wanted something different after fifteen years of practicing law when he learned that the local coffee shop was for sale in 2005. After much soul-searching, he and his partner decided to open South End Buttery and offer the kind of foods they liked to eat – healthy, hearty, simple dishes, the kinds of foods a buttery in English universities might serve.  For Richard, the move was ironic: while in law school, he had worked in the Buttery space 20 years earlier as a waiter and event manager when the space was a thriving catering business.

Richard received his undergraduate degree in political science and english at Tufts University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He lives in the South End with his three dogs, Madison, Harriet and Dexter.