Monday, January 14, 2013

Update: Happy's Bar and Kitchen Has Closed; Will Become Barrio Cantina

[Ed note: This article was updated on February 4 to reflect a name given for the place.]

A casual American restaurant in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston has closed its doors, with the owner soon reopening the place as a Mexican dining spot.

The Boston Magazine Chowder blog is reporting that Happy's Bar & Kitchen on Boylston Street is shuttered after being in business since last May, as owner Michael Schlow has decided to open an eatery that will feature such items as quesadillas tacos, enchiladas, margaritas, and tequila. The space will also be re-done, and Chowder says that it will become a smaller eatery during the slower months and a larger spot during the baseball season (Fenway Park, which is home to the Red Sox, is within walking distance).

No name has been given for the Mexican restaurant as of yet, but it could be open as early as early February.

[February 4 update: Grub Street Boston mentions that the name of the new restaurant will be Barrio Cantina, and it should be opening later this week. Thanks to @WendyPierce for bringing this to our (and Grub Street's) attention.]

[February 6 update: UrbanDaddy states that Barrio Cantina opens today at 5:00 PM.]

Michael Schlow is also known for such restaurants as Tico, Radius, Via Matta, and Alta Strada.

The address for the now-closed Happy's Bar & Kitchen (and upcoming Mexican restaurant) is 1363 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215.