Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Future of Woodward at Ames in Boston Is Uncertain

An upscale restaurant and bar that is located in a downtown Boston hotel may be on its way out.

According to Adam's Hospitality & Tourism Industry Blog, Woodward at Ames on Court Street might be closing, as a post in the Improper Bostonian's Dish column indicates that a real estate company is marketing a lease for the space. (Adam goes on to say that the hotel denies any closure is getting ready to happen, however.)

Woodward first opened in November of 2009, bringing to downtown Boston a modern-style tavern featuring mostly New American and regional dishes using local ingredients, along with handcrafted cocktails.

The address for Woodward (and the Ames hotel) is 1 Court Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The phone number for the restaurant is (617) 979-8200. And the website is at:

For more on this story, please go to the Adam's Hospitality & Tourism Industry Blog link below.

Could Woodward at Ames Hotel soon be closing?

[January 5 update: According to Grub Street Boston, it appears that no changes are coming to Woodward in the immediate future. Reps for the restaurant state the following in the article: "We periodically explore ways to enhance our F&B experiences, but no decisions have made been for this property."]

[May 21 update: A snippet from Banker & Tradesman indicates that changes are indeed coming to Woodward, as the news publication states that the owners of the Ames hotel are "hoping a new restaurant concept – one that does not bleed so much red ink – will help them sell the historic property to interested investors." (The headline is "New Restaurant Aims To Sweeten Potential Ames Hotel Deal," with the subhead being "Owners Of Historic Boston Hotel Courting Cautious Investors.")]