Friday, March 30, 2018

Sonny Walker's in Roxbury Is Closing; District 7 Tavern Plans to Replace It

by Marc Hurwitz

A neighborhood mainstay that has been in business for nearly 40 years is shutting down this weekend.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Sonny Walker's in Roxbury is closing for good on Sunday, April 1, with the post indicating that owners Gerry and Andrea Walker (whose father Sonny retired from the Warren Street bar five years ago) are "ready to move on." The article says that the Walkers have sold their full liquor license license to the upcoming Del Frisco's in Boston's Back Bay, and that another restaurant owner plans to open a new spot in the space called District 7 Tavern, which hopes to get a beer and wine license after it opens.

Sonny Walkers first started out in 1980, with the original name being C&S Tavern (after the names of the original owners--Charles Canada and Sonny Walker). Gerry Walker describes the bar as the "black Cheers," a place where regulars go to play pool, watch games, listen to live music, and drink fruit punch.

The address for Sonny Walker's (and the proposed District 7 Tavern) is 380 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119.

[August 30 update: District 7 Tavern could be one step closer to opening in the former Sonny Walker's space by next week, as a licensing board hearing page indicates that the city is expected to look into its request for a liquor license on September 5. No other information on the proposed spot has been given other than the fact that the manager listed is Royal C. Smith.]

[September 7 update: Universal Hub states that District 7 Tavern has been given approval for a liquor license by the city.]

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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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