Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Update: Gray's Hall, Tiger Mama, Sligo Pub Open After Going into Hibernation; Orfano to Open November 19

Over the past several weeks, we have mentioned that some restaurants in the Boston area were going into hibernation for the winter. Now we have learned that a few other local dining and drinking spots are doing the same.

According to an article from boston.com, Gray's Hall in South Boston shut down this weekend, with the plan being to reopen in the spring of 2021, while Orfano and Tiger Mama in the Fenway both plan to close for the winter on November 1 and Sligo Pub (which has been collaborating with Dragon Pizza) in Somerville's Davis Square will go into hibernation on October 31. These four places join The Emory in Beacon Hill, Commonwealth in Cambridge's Kendall Square, Grand Tour in the Back Bay, and The Kenmore in Kenmore Square in their hibernation plans.

Restaurants are going into hibernation for a variety of reasons as the pandemic continues, including outdoor patios no longer being viable as the weather cools, the hope for a vaccine/therapeutic by the spring, and a lack of tourists and office workers in areas that usually have high foot traffic.

[May 6, 2021 update: Based on social media posts, Gray's Hall and Sligo Pub are open once again.]

[June 24, 2021 update: A poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page indicates that Tiger Mama is now open once again, though it appears that Orfano remains closed for now.]

[November 17, 2021 update: According to a press release, Orfano reopens on Friday, November 19.]

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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