Thursday, September 08, 2016

Patrick Grace of The Littlest Bar in Boston to Take Over On the Hill Tavern in Somerville

The person behind an iconic drinking spot in downtown Boston that closed a year ago is taking ownership of a bar in Somerville.

Eater Boston is reporting that Callan Hospitality Corp., which is led by Patrick Grace of the now-shuttered Littlest Bar on Broad Street in Boston's Financial District is heading up On the Hill Tavern, a Magoun Square sports bar owned by Bob Antonelli, who is "approaching retirement age" and made the decision to sell the Broadway watering hole. The article says that On the Hill will keep its name and concept, with this basically being just an ownership change.

Patrick Grace ran The Littlest Bar until it was forced to close in September of 2015 to make room for new development; this was the second time that the drinking spot had to close, as it had to leave its original home on Province Street in 2006 to make room for condos, moving to its Broad Street home next to The Times bar, which also had to shut down last September. (The people behind The Times are now running Broadside in the former Barney Fanning's space on Broad Street.)

On the Hill Tavern is a neighborhood watering hole that features pub grub, beer, trivia nights, djs, and karaoke. Its address is 499 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02145, while its website can be found at

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The Littlest Bar and The Times in Boston Being Forced Out to Make Way for Development

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Blogger Rick Kovalcik said...

Wow, On The Hill has a really bad rep among the locals. Apparently their average is one police visit a night, or so I'm told. (As opposed to say Magoun's down the street.) I kind of wish there wasn't more to this article, like saying he is going to take it over, gut it, fumigate it, fumigate the clientele, and give it a new better image.

9:09 AM  
Blogger steve andrews said...

i do know the food has gone downhill since or before the change... yahoos are

still trying to get in the side door rough and tumble stuff is common you get

the most attn at the bar if your known.. old magoun is a hipster place.. no hipsters here hooray! before that

it was a dive average food dont excpect good table service this new owner doesnt

know somerville..... it is what it is a local bar pub food a pool table...

11:47 AM  

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