Permanently Closed Restaurants and Bars in Boston

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to some of Boston’s most loved restaurants and clubs due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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UPDATE - Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Top of the Hub

800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Permanently Closed

Venue Closures

ONCE Somerville

Somerville, MA

ONCE has been a vibrant and dynamic event space in Somerville, MA since 2015. JJ Gonson and crew transformed the former Anthony’s Function Hall into a welcoming and quirky venue packed with art and ambiance. ONCE hosted a variety of events: music of all kinds, community events, nonprofit fundraisers, theater productions, weddings, and so much more. In November of 2020, the ONCE Somerville Ballroom & Lounge was forced to shut its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gateway City Arts

"To our dear supporters and friends,

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Lori Divine (Co-Director) and Vitek Kruta (Co-Director)

With heavy hearts, Vitek and I want to let you know that Gateway City Arts can no longer move forward as we were. We have reached the point where we just don’t have the resources and energy to try to survive. It took us 10 years to start feeling that we could make it, and then Covid took it all away. Two nights before we closed in March was such an exciting time for us as we had a FULL house. "... Read the update from Holyoke's venue owners here.

Great Scott

1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Landmark 40-year-old business closed in May, launched an investment campaign, and funded it. The dream stays alive as the campaign is looking into new locations in Allston.

284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This Jamaica Plain institution ceased operations after over 27 and a half years in June, after closing in March. The original location added candlepin bowling with The Milky Way Lounge and Lanes in the basement of the building in 1999 on Center Street. In 2009, the business moved to Armory Street.

Peelander Z at Thunder Road Staff Photo

Thunder Road

379 Somerville Ave, Somerville

Bearly Dead's home away from home (Oteil Burbridge stopped by)! Formerly RADIO,  Harper's Ferry owner (Now Brighton Music Hall) Charlie Abel opened Thunder Road in 2015. Charlie and staff said goodbye on the venue's Facebook page

The Cantab

738 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

Port City Music Hall

504 Congress St., Portland, Maine 04101

Photo by Brittany Rose Queen Photography - Against Me!

Host to amazing events including Maggie Rogers, Mountain Goats, Jim James, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Father John Misty, Lucius, Against Me! and so many more. PCMH’s closure will be a huge loss to the Portland music and arts community. Photo by Brittany Rose Queen Photography, of Against Me! on March 12, 2020, the final Port City Music Hall show.

Restaurant Closures

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Lir on Boylston

903 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115

Lir on Boylston, just steps away from the Boston Marathon finish line, has closed after 17 years. Check out their farewell post on Instagram. #BostonStrong

The Pour House on Boylston

907 Boylston St #21, Boston, MA 02115

The Pour House is being sold after 34 years at the legendary Boston location that Rihanna pops into when she is in town. RIP to the best bar pizza in Boston.

Cheers - (Faniuel Hall Location)

1 S Market St, South Boston, MA 02109

Cheers Faneuil Hall closed on 8/30/20 permanently. Cheers Beacon Hill, the inspiration for the TV Show, will remain OPEN.

Honorable mention for the neighborhood where every tourist knows your name, Dick’s Last Resort in Faniuel Hall has closed permanently.

Anna's Taqueria - (Original Location, Coolidge Corner)

1412 Beacon St #1, Brookline, MA 02446

Other Locations, including JFK Corner in Brookline a few blocks away, are still open.
Anna's deliver's Boston's best burritos and can be found in most delivery apps.

The Fours at TD Garden

The Fours Quincy and The Fours Norwell are still under operation. The Fours was a tentpole in the enjoyment of pre and post-game celebrations for Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins fans on Canal Street. They announced the closure on August 31st after 44 years in the shadow of The Garden. Send photos of memories at The Fours to [email protected] to be featured in an online gallery. 

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McGreevy's - America's First Sports Bar

911 Boylston St., Boston MA

Dropkick Murphy's singer Ken Casey has confirmed through a statement on instagram and confirmed by the band's management that his Boylston St. institution will not reopen, citing landlord negotiations breaking down in the time of COVID-19.

Friendly Toast  - Kendall Square Location

1 Kendall Square B3101, Cambridge, MA 02139


210 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

Bull McCabe's

366 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Management posted this message to the Bull McCabe's Facebook page today on August 31st.

"The last six months have taken an incredible toll on all of us, and while the restaurant/bar/music venue industry as a whole has been decimated, Mom-and-Pop shops like ours, especially, have been crushed. We’re a 780 sq.-ft music venue, not easily-aligned with social distancing, and we have been struggling to stay afloat for a long time". 

Stellina's Restaurant

47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

This neighborhood is missing this homemade Italian restaurant that endured 34 years in the beloved Watertown location with indoor and outdoor seating.

Pizzeria Regina

353 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134

Pizzeria Regina resided at the corner of Cambridge St. and Harvard Ave in Allston for ten years from 2010—2020. The company's lease was up and the closure was not directly related to COVID-19. There are still Pizzeria Regina locations open in the Boston metro area.

Great Scott is eyeing this building for a new location and possible pop-up pizza shop pending approval! Stay tuned to their feed and updates on MainVest.


1100 Market St, Lynnfield, MA 01940

Godavari Framingham Restaurant

1656 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702


1245 Worcester St., Natick, MA 01760

The Field

20 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA 02139


118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

Flat Top Johnny's 

1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


69 Church St., Boston, MA 02116


150 State St., Boston, MA 02109


500 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118

Adventure Club

190 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02474

Whiskey's Food and Spirits

885 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Rox Diner, Newtonville Location

335 Walnut St., Newton, Massachusetts 02460

Love Art Udon

1024 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Les Zygamotes

129 South St., Boston, MA 0211

Deep Ellum

477 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134

Cuchi Cuchi

795 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Stella Restaurant and Bar

1525 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118

Top of the Hub

 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

The Automatic

50 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

The Table at Season to Taste Cambridge

2447 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140

MidiCi Assembly Row

463 Assembly Row., Somerville, MA 02145

O’Leary’s Irish Bar & Restaurant

1010 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446

Bar Boulud

776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Emack & Bolio’s Porter Square location

23 White St., Cambridge 


439 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116

Somerville Brewing Company

15 Ward St., Somerville, MA, 02143

Flemings Steakhouse

217 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116

Fenmore Grille

645 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery

451 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02474


6 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113

Bukowski's Tavern, Union Square

1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139


329 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116

Moreno Gelato

199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Restaurant Dante

415 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

New Saigon Sandwich Shop

696 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111

Abbott's Frozen Custard

360 Washington St., Boston, MA 02135

Battery Park (Now open as Lily's)

33 Batterymarch St.

Boston, Massachusetts 02110

Conor Larkin's Grill and Tap

329 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115

Bar Louie

121 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Jaju Pierogi

1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143


105 Union St., Newton Centre, MA 02459

The Tumble Inn Diner 

488 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, MA 01906

Andiamo Restaurant & Bar (Newburyport Location)

24 Winter St., Newburyport, MA 01950

Wit's End

1248 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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Restaurant Source: Boston Herald, Eater Boston

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