Friday, February 12, 2016

Amrheins in South Boston Reopens Saturday

Yesterday we reported that an iconic South Boston restaurant had been closed for a few weeks and it was not known for sure what would be happening to the place. Now we have learned that it is getting ready to reopen.

According to a Twitter post from @ConciergeBoston, Amrheins on West Broadway will open its doors once again tomorrow (Saturday, February 13) at 5:00 PM after apparently undergoing renovations. It is not known what changes have been made to the dining and drinking spot--and all kinds of rumors and chatter have taken place in the past 24 hours with no confirmation of anything--so check back for updates here as we get them.

Amrheins is one of the oldest restaurants in Boston, having been in business since 1890; about ten years ago it closed for renovations and reopened as a slightly more upscale spot than in its previous incarnation.

The address for Amrheins is 80 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. Its website is at http://amrheinsboston.com/

[Earlier Article]
Changes Appear to Be Coming to Amrheins in South Boston

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]



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Dempsey's Bar and Grill in Hyde Park Sold to Developer

A couple of months ago, we reported that a huge Italian emporium that is coming to Boston's Back Bay was hoping to purchase a liquor license from a tiny dive bar in one of the city's neighborhoods. Now we have learned that the place has been sold.

According to a post from the Bldup site, Dempsey's Bar and Grill in Hyde Park was purchased by developer Chris Lydon for $300,000, based on a deed that was recorded in the Suffolk Registry of Deeds this morning. There is no information given on what the plans are for the River Street property, though an article posted last summer by Universal Hub stated that at the time, Lydon was planning to keep the bar as is, with some changes possibly coming at some point.

In December, it was learned that Mario Batali's Eataly might be getting its liquor license from Dempsey's for a possible price of $385,000 (the quote given at the time), though no news has been given on the transfer of late.

The address for Dempsey's Bar and Grill is 1185 River Street, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

[Earlier Article]
Eataly Looking to Purchase Liquor License of Dempsey's Bar and Grill in Hyde Park

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]



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T'ahpas 529 to Open in Melrose

A new tapas restaurant, bar, and lounge is coming to the northern suburbs of Boston, and it will be moving into an historic building that another dining spot had been looking at before those plans fell through.

Eater Boston is reporting that T'ahpas 529 is planning to open in the Corinthian Hall building in Melrose, which is by the corner of Franklin Street and Greenwood Street a short distance south of the Wakefield border. As its name indicates, the eatery will offer small plates, with influences coming from Mediterranean foods (including Spanish fare) and it will also have larger meals as well, while drinks will include an array of Spanish and South American wines as well as some local beers. The executive chef at the 70-80 seat T'ahpas 529 will be Erik Powers, who comes from Grill 23 and Post 390, while the owners are Lorenzo and Emily Tenreiro, who run two other Melrose spots--Coffee Tea and Me and La Qchara.

Absolutely Fabulous had been looking to open in the Corinthian Hall building after it lost its home on Main Street last year, but the people behind it decided to look elsewhere because they said "the build out in that location is just too overwhelming." (It is not known where Absolutely Fabulous will end up moving to at this point.)

The address for T'ahpas 529 will be 529 Franklin Street, Melrose, MA, 02176.

[Earlier Article]
Absolutely Fabulous in Melrose Is Moving

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]



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Franklin Restaurant Group to Open Deli and Restaurant in Allston

A local restaurant group that is behind three different concepts in the Boston area will soon have a fourth, and this one will apparently focus on classic comfort food items.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, the Franklin Restaurant Group is planning to open a "modern deli and full service restaurant" somewhere in Lower Allston, which is the area mostly north of the Mass. Pike heading toward the Charles River and Cambridge. The post says that the upcoming spot will feature "Classic Jewish Deli food twisted modern, a deep craft cocktail program and a beautifully designed space including patio seating, wine loft, dining room and retail area," with the place looking to open in the late summer. As soon as we find out the name of the deli/restaurant as well as an exact address, we will post an update here.

[February 12 update: Based on an article from Eater Boston, it looks like the deli from the Franklin Restaurant Group may be coming to 197 North Harvard Street, which would apparently put it in the Continuum luxury apartment development.]

The Franklin Restaurant Group is behind the Franklin Cafe in Boston's South End and Gloucester, The Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar in the Fenway, and Tasty Burger in the Fenway, Back Bay Station, Cambridge's Harvard Square, South Boston, and soon, Dudley Square in Roxbury. Its website can be found at http://presskit.franklincafe.com/

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Comfort Food Items from Boston-Area Restaurants]



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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Changes Appear to Be Coming to Amrheins in South Boston

A South Boston institution that has been in business for more than 125 years is currently closed, and it appears that it may be going through some changes.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Amrheins on West Broadway has apparently been shut down since January 16, with an Instagram post showing that renovations seems to be taking place and that the dining spot could be reopening tomorrow (February 12). The article says, however, that the website does not mention anything about the closure or renovations, an employee at Mul's Diner across the street--which is under the same ownership--doesn't know about its status, and the phone line isn't connecting (we tried to get through a few times today and the line was busy). A licensing board page within the city of Boston website shows that a petition to transfer the business from Amrheins Incorporated to Mul's Pub, Inc. is being looked at on February 17, with the manager listed being Stephen Mulrey, who owns both Amrheins and Mul's Diner across the street.

Amrheins, which first opened in 1890, was purchased by Joe Mulrey (Stephen's father) in the 1950s. Approximately a decade ago, the restaurant closed for renovations and reopened as a slightly more upscale spot than before, when it was mostly a neighborhood restaurant featuring classic American fare. The eatery--which has the oldest hand-carved bar in the United States--has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) with the review being found at the link below:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/Amrheins.html

As soon as we find out more about the exact status of Amrheins, we will post an update here.

The address for Amrheins is 80 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. Its website can be found at http://amrheinsboston.com/

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Patrick Cross (Thirsty Scholar Pub, Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza) Has Passed Away

A local restaurateur who was behind a popular Irish pub and a relatively new pizzeria has passed away.

According to several sources, Patrick Cross of the Thirsty Scholar Pub in Somerville and Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza in Quincy died on Tuesday, leaving behind his wife and children as well as his mother and several siblings. Cross was the proprietor of the Beacon Street pub which first opened in the 1990s and he was also a partner who was involved in the opening of the Hancock Street pizza spot which opened in October of 2014.

According to a page within the Boston Globe, visiting hours will take place at the Dolan Funeral Home in Dorchester's Lower Mills tomorrow (Friday, February 12) from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and a mass will be held in St. Agatha's Church in Milton on Saturday at 10:00 AM. (Internment is private.)

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