Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Symphony 8 in Boston Still Planning to Reopen

A long-closed watering hole near Symphony Hall that once included a speakeasy is still looking to open back up again.

Universal Hub is reporting that Symphony 8 on Westland Avenue could be reopening in a few months, nearly four years after closing its doors. The post mentions that owner Douglas Bacon said to the Boston Licensing Board that renovations on the space are more difficult than he had hoped, and that he continues to pay rent on the space even as upgrades are being done. If all goes well, Symphony 8 could open by July 15--though this also depends on whether the city allows him to keep his long-dormant liquor license for the space.

Symphony 8 first opened in the fall of 2009, featuring a mix of modern American fare and comfort food; the place also had a hidden basement bar called Prohibited where a password was needed in order to get into place.

The address for the Symphony 8 space is 8 Westland Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

[July 26 update: A licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website indicates that a request has been made for Symphony 8 to change its name to "The Westland," and based on the name of the parent company (Music Hall Dining, Inc.), it appears that Douglas Bacon is still behind the place. The hearing will be held on August 2; if the name change is approved, we will post another update here.]

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Symphony 8 in Boston Could Be Reopening

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