Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Westland to Open Near Symphony Hall in Boston

Earlier this year, it looked like a long-closed watering hole near Symphony Hall that once included a speakeasy might reopen. Now we have learned that a new spot will be moving in, and that the person behind it also runs several other local restaurants and bars.

 Boston Magazine is reporting what we mentioned last month, that The Westland is opening in the former Symphony 8 space on Westland Avenue, with the article confirming that Douglas Bacon (the Avenue, Corner Tavern, Harry's Bar & Grill, the Hopewell, the Last Drop, White Horse Tavern) is the owner of the upcoming spot. The post says that the new place will be a "classic American tavern" that offers grilled pizza, burgers, local seafood, and steaks, while also focusing on local beers and American whiskey. A job listing from hints in a post for the White Horse Tavern that The Westland plans to open sometime this fall.

Symphony 8 opened in the fall of 2009, featuring modern American fare and comfort food, while also having a hidden basement bar called Prohibited where a password was required to get in. The place shut down in 2013 and has been vacant ever since, though from 2014 until earlier this year, it looked like it could actually reopen before we learned that The Westland would be taking over the space instead.

The address for The Westland will be 8 Westland Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

[April 25, 2018 update: A post within the site indicates that The Westland is getting ready to open (though no opening date has been given as of yet) and they are now hiring a general manger; the listing also mentions that the place will be an "upscale independently owned restaurant and cocktail lounge."]

[May 7, 2018 update: An Instagram post from @thedrewstarr shows that The Westland plans to open on June 5, and that it will be a "classic American tavern featuring updates on your favorite food and drink."]

[Earlier Article]
Symphony 8 in Boston Still Planning to Reopen

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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]

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