Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale in Downtown Boston Has Closed

A gastropub-style restaurant and bar in the heart of Boston that resided in an historic multi-level space has closed down.

According to a Twitter thread from Ace Gershfield, who was one of the people behind the place, Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale in Downtown Crossing is no longer in business, with Gershfield mentioning the following within the thread:

We derived close to 40% of our revenues from the Downtown Crossing theaters and shows, those are non existent. We generated 40% of our revenue from the everyday workers in the office buildings near by, those were closed, then let to reopen at 25% capacity and now upwards of 50%...but the area is still desolate! After work and special events drove the remaining traffic of which we have NONE! We have no out door space or parking lots to set up outdoor dining options as we are located on a street with the sliver line bus that runs daily. Our landlord would not negotiate with us for better terms. We tried to get creative but to no avail it did not work out."

Gershfield goes on to thank the staff at Stoddard's while also mentioning "the hard work put in by Jamie Walsh from day one! We would not be what we are with Jamie and his work effort." He also hints that the team could maybe open another spot at some point in time, saying that "We will be back somehow someway. Maybe not in this form and or location, but one thing is for sure we don't give up on our friends and or our business for too long! Another day dawns."

Stoddard's, which first opened in 2010, got its name from a cutlery store that used to be in the same building, which dates back to the 1860s.

The address for Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale was 48 Temple Place, Boston, MA, 02111.

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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