Monday, February 08, 2010

The Kells in Allston Being Replaced by Tavern in the Square

A popular restaurant, bar, and entertainment spot in Allston is apparently going to be shutting its doors, with a growing local chain of neighborhood restaurants looking to move into its space. According to the Phantom Gourmet, The Kells, a nightspot on Brighton Avenue in the heart of Allston Village that has been featuring dancing, DJs and live music since the early 1990s, is being replaced by Tavern in the Square, a dining spot and bar with three locations in the Boston area that features mostly American fare and pub grub.

Tavern in the Square first opened in the Central Square section of Cambridge about five years ago and has since opened other locations in the Porter Square neighborhood of Cambridge and in downtown Salem. Their menus feature such items as nachos, fried pickles, crab cakes, burgers, burritos, quesadillas, meatloaf, pasta primavera, turkey tips, and a variety of sandwiches and wraps. Tavern in the Square also offers a number of handcrafted beers.

The address for the new Tavern in the Square is 161 Brighton Avenue (just west of the Harvard Avenue intersection).

Thanks to Boston Tweet for helping with a bit of the information in this article.

[May 19 update: The Kells is now closed.]

[November 8 update: According to, the new Tavern in the Square in Allston is now open.]

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Blogger Nay said...

Good riddance, honestly that place needed to fix up/change it's image. The times that I've been dragged there reluctantly it's been nothing but a terrible sleazy crowd. The stabbing that occurred there recently did nothing to help it's image. Clear out the bouncer staff, and hire some new employees.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Hello said...

Don't think Tavern on the Square is going to be any improvement, if the other locations are any indication.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Nay said...

Agreed, tavern probably won't be any better, its a chain, but at least it's local. But the kells needed a desperate name/brand change.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I am excited. The Kells thought it was something special. I love Tavern Central. Living in Brighton Center, this will be much more convenient. Still, I would rather go to the Draft, especially once it gets warmer.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

Something had to happen. That place was embarrassingly empty on most non-weekend nights. Probably because it catered to the bridge and tunnel crowd.

I, for one, am excited because I really enjoy the Tavern on the Square menu.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Russell_Crowe86 said...

It's also going to be hard to compete with other similar places around that area. They have White Horse and Sunset right across the street, never mind the Draft and Common Ground down the street from them.

10:06 AM  

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