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.

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Blogger MikeP21 said...

any idea what will happen to the LivingSocial deal I purchased for Happy's??

3:16 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

You might want to call Tico or another one of Schlow's restaurants to see what they say.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank god for the change - but why not Italian??? There is a total lack of it in the neighborhood. Mexican is always great, but there is La Verdad and El Pelon already.....just a thought

4:47 PM  
Blogger BostonFoodBeer said...

I sent in a note to Living Social via their website and they already issued me a refund.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Decore Essentials said...

Wonderfully crisp and always interesting!

2:07 AM  
Blogger Dave Arslanian said...

I had the worst dining experience of my life at this place. Thank god its closing.

4:06 PM  
Blogger ManxMamma said...

I agree with Unknown. The last thing we need is another Mexican restaurant. I'll add Sol Azteca and the make believe Mexican on Brookline Ave. just around the corner from Happy's.

3:15 PM  

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