Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Riva Restaurant in Scituate Is Closing

An award-winning Italian restaurant on the South Shore is closing for good after being in business for a bit more than 20 years.

According to a source, Riva Restaurant in Scituate is shutting down permanently, with an article from Wicked Local indicating that the closure is due mostly to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Facebook post from the Front Street dining spot gives a bit more information on the closing, saying the following:

This past year surely hasn't gone the way we all thought it would. The pandemic has impacted many different industries and the restaurant business was not spared. Throughout Riva's twenty plus years in the harbor, the business has always relied on the summer months and the "busy season" to get us through the quieter seasons. With having to close our doors for service this Spring, less people traveling and dining out, Heritage Days getting cancelled, the building being sold, and the guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth with spacing between tables and no bar service … Riva simply cannot survive another winter.

The last day in business for Riva will be September 19, with gift cards being redeemable until the end of the year at their other restaurants, including Salt Society and Rivershed in Scituate, and their upcoming Rivershed that is going to be opening at Weymouth Landing in Braintree.

Riva, which first opened in 2000, has received much praise over the years for their seasonal Italian dishes, including Boston Magazine awarding it Best Italian Restaurant, South back in 2006.

The address for Riva Restaurant in Scituate is 116 Front Street, Scituate, MA, 02066. Its website is at https://www.rivarestaurant.com/

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

[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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