The hospitality business is undoubtedly tough, and although some bars and restaurants may have deserved the boot, we were bummed to see these spots go. Here are 12 shuttered bars and restaurants we'll remember in our dreams.
Cambridge Classying-up Chinese food into small, experimental, course-by-course tasting plates was a bold culinary move. And even though the idea didn’t totally fly with patrons in the end, the chef at East by Northeast plans to open up a new Asian and Mediterranean concept in the former Hamersley's Bistro space in the South End.
Cambridge We’re going to miss Hungry Mother's fusion of traditional French and comforting Southern fare, although thankfully the team (minus James Beard-award winning chef Barry Maiden) will stay together at nearby State Park. Maiden is still a busy dude, though: he's developing new concepts for the Hungry Mother space, and a Jewish deli, which will open where West Bridge (also RIP) once was.
Cambridge Goodbye, my beloved egg in a jar -- that perfect 145-degree duck egg nestled in a jar of buttery pomme puree, topped with mushrooms, and crispy duck crackling. As mentioned, the team behind State Park and Hungry Mother will open a Jewish deli called Mamaleh’s in its place.
Fenway It was definitely not music to anyone's ears when Church of Boston, the 225-person music venue and new American comfort food restaurant near Fenway, closed its doors. Reportedly new investors may reopen the restaurant but there are no plans to revive the rock bar.
Somerville We waited and waited and waited, but alas, an underground electrical fire (thank you, Eversource) swallowed up this neighborhood pizza joint. A4 Somerville is survived by its older sister, Area Four in Kendall Square, but the owners are determined to find a new Somerville location. Stay tuned.
Cambridge It was sudden, but after 40 years, the American-Chinese restaurant that served the neighborhood all its favorite kung pao chicken, crab rangoon, and beef chow foon has called it quits, leaving only a note on their front door thanking patrons for their longtime support.
Cambridge For cricket enthusiasts and their marginally interested friends, Hit Wicket was a great place to enjoy $2/lb chicken wings and Aussie beer. Goodbye to America’s first cricket sports bar.
Fenway The pad see ew was divine, along with the mango curry chicken and the pineapple fried rice. With teary eyes and a watery mouth, we bid a sad farewell to Bangkok City.
Cambridge After 18 years, the quaint little French bistro down Holyoke Street has decided c’est fini. We’ll miss the onion soup gratinée.
McCormick and Schmick's
Back Bay The location was a bit swanky, being in the Park Plaza Hotel and all, but M&S served a killer happy hour menu: $1 oysters on Tuesdays, $5 Baja fish tacos, and $9 New York strip carpaccio. Luckily, the Faneuil Hall location is still going strong, so the festivities can continue.
Scissors and Pie
Back Bay Who knows, maybe the folks on Newbury Street with their svelte figures weren't interested in the burly Roman-style, thicker crust pizzas that Scissors and Pie specialized in. Sadly, we were. And we will miss it.
Back Bay Sure, the mimosas were cheap (the brunch special with two entrees and an entire mimosa pitcher was just $30), and the sangria was strong enough to do the job, but the food was often average at best. The writing has been on the wall for this Mexican bistro and tequila bar.
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Christina Ng is a Boston-based food and recipes editor. She's one of those annoying girls who has to take a picture of everything she eats. When she's not wreaking havoc in the kitchen or taking pictures of food, she's out visiting her favorite open-air markets. If you’re interested in following her crazy adventures or want to see what she's cooking up, check out her website EastMeetsKitchen.com.