Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Kenmore Is Replacing The Lower Depths in Boston's Kenmore Square

[Ed note: This article was updated to reflect the fact that a new spot is on its way to the space.]

A pub and beer bar that is popular with both Red Sox fans and college students has shut down.

According to a source, The Lower Depths in the Kenmore Square section of Boston closes at the end of business hours tonight, with a Facebook post from the Commonwealth Avenue spot saying "And that's a wrap. We're moving on to some new adventures as of July 1st. Cheers to 15 amazing years and all of our awesome regulars!" It is not yet known what might happen to the space, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

The Lower Depths has been known as a place to go for hot dogs, tater tots, and tacos, along with an extensive list of regional, national, and international beers.

The address for The Lower Depths is 476 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

[July 2 update: The Boston Business Journal is reporting that The Lower Depths could be reopening under new ownership, as Douglas Bacon and his Red Paint Hospitality Group plan to open it back up at some point. A licensing board hearing page seems to confirm this, showing that the business is looking to have a change of ownership from Gordon Wilcox (the current owner of The Lower Depths) to Bacon and Dot Boy Inc. Bacon is behind such spots as The Westland, the White Horse Tavern, the Avenue, the Corner Tavern, The Last Drop, Harry's Bar and Grill, and Hopewell Kitchen.]

[July 2 update #2: An update from the above BBJ article indicates that The Lower Depths will not be coming back after all, as Douglas Bacon plans to have renovations done and reopen with a new name, new menu, and new look. If all goes as planned, the new spot could be opening in approximately 60 days.]

[September 4 update: According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, it appears that the new restaurant and bar opening in the former Lower Depth's space will be called The Kenmore.]

[October 22 update: Eater Boston states that The Kenmore is now open, and it features hamburgers and hot dogs along with salads, wings, fries, Brussels sprouts, grain bowls, chili, cheesesteak eggrolls, onion dip, and beer and wine--though no liquor is available.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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