City of Quincy to Look into Status of the Beachcomber Site
Nearly a year after closing its doors, a landmark bar and music club in Quincy remains locked up and empty, and now the city wants to know why.
According to an article in the Patriot Ledger, city officials will be looking into the exact status of the space where the Beachcomber had been until shutting down in early October. At the time, it looked like the Quincy Shore Drive building might be demolished, with a high-end restaurant possibly being built at the site, but we have since heard that those plans may have fallen through, though this has not been confirmed and no specific plans have been given over the past several months. The Quincy licensing board is expected to meet on Tuesday to find out the fate of the space from the manager of the property, and it is possible that the board could take back the space's license if it does not look like a plan is in place for a new business coming to the site or a license transfer being considered.
The Beachcomber, which first opened in 1959, showcased some well-known regional and national acts, including the Dropkick Murphys, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Loretta Lynn, with the club being more of a spot featuring local bands toward the end.
The address for the Beachcomber space is 797 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA, 02170.
[August 17 update: A new article from the Patriot Ledger indicates that a restaurant is still being planned for the former Beachcomber space, though it is not known whether it will be still a high-end spot as had been originally planned. According to the post, it looks like the sale of the property will be finalized in two weeks, and that the dining spot--whose design has been "scaled down for economic reasons"--will have seating for 50 and will not use the Beachcomber name.]
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