Monday, March 19, 2012

The Purple Shamrock in Boston Is Closing

Last month we reported that a popular Irish pub near Faneuil Hall in Boston was facing an uncertain future due to escalating rents. Now, it has been confirmed that the bar will indeed be shutting down.

The website for Channel 7 News (WHDH-TV) reports that The Purple Shamrock will be closing this September after being in business for more than 30 years. The article states that the closing is due to rising rents--our earlier article mentioned the potential for a 60 percent rent increase--and that the bar will shut down when its lease expires.

The possibility exists for The Purple Shamrock to reopen elsewhere, as Channel 7 News says that its owners will be "scouting new locations nearby."

The Purple Shamrock is one of several local spots owned by the Glynn Hospitality Group, including The Black Rose in downtown Boston, Clery's in the Back Bay/South End, and Dillon's in the Back Bay.

[August 29 update: An email from Regan Communications indicates that The Purple Shamrock will be closing its doors for good on Saturday, September 15. The email also mentions that on Thursday, September 13, the pub will host a "traditional Irish wake" that will include an empty casket and bagpipers, with the casket making its way to a final resting place within The Purple Shamrock. One final note--Paul Wilson, who is Director of Operations at The Glynn Group, leaves the door open for a possible reopening of the pub at another location, stating that "While we are sad to see the Shamrock close on September 15, we are excited about some possibilities of a reincarnation in the future."]

The address for The Purple Shamrock is: The Purple Shamrock, 1 Union Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

[Earlier Article]
The Purple Shamrock in Boston Faces an Uncertain Future