Thursday, August 03, 2017

The Fireplace in Brookline's Washington Square Is Closing

A few years ago, we reported that an upscale Brookline restaurant that was known in part for its regional fare and its catering operation was planning to shut down and that an award-winning pizzeria was replacing it. And while that did not end up happening, now we have learned that the dining spot is closing--and this time it is for real.

According to several sources last night, The Fireplace in Washington Square is planning to say farewell at the end of the month, with an article from Eater Boston confirming what one source mentioned to us--that chef/owner Jim Solomon has apparently made the decision based on issues with his health (he is having surgery, according to a newsletter that went out) and the desire to spend more time with his family. The Boston Globe says that Solomon has sold the rights to the lease to someone who plans to open a Mediterranean seafood restaurant in the space.

The Fireplace, which first opened 16 years ago, had looked like it might be closing at the end of 2014 to make way for a location of Pepe's Pizza, but the New Haven-based pizzeria never did move in and The Fireplace remained in operation (Pepe's subsequently opened a location in Chestnut Hill).

The address for The Fireplace is 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. Its website can be found at

[August 30 update: Based on a Facebook post from Jim Solomon, tomorrow (August 31) will be the last day in business for The Fireplace.]

[Earlier Articles]
Pepe's Pizza to Open in The Fireplace Space in Brookline's Washington Square
Pepe's Pizza No Longer Coming to The Fireplace Space in Brookline; Deal Called Off

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]