Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Flat Top Johnny's Is Looking to Reopen in Allston

A beloved restaurant, bar, and pool hall in Cambridge that shut down last summer could be brought back to life in a Boston neighborhood, though details are few as of now.

According to a source, Flat Top Johnny's is apparently looking to reopen somewhere in Allston and that a meeting may have taken place (or will be taking place) this week on the subject. The former Kendall Square spot added to the mystery with an Instagram post from last week saying that "We are looking for folks in Allston who might be able to speak at a meeting of The Allston Civic Association. We will post more details when we get them but in the mean tell your friends! #3.0" The 3.0 appears to refer to a third incarnation of the place, as the second incarnation was its reopening five years ago after being forced to close due to a fire.

Flat Top Johnny's shut its doors last August after being in business for 27 years.

[July 22 update: A Facebook post from Flat Top Johnny's confirms that they are indeed looking at being reborn in Allston, saying that a meeting was scheduled for last night to discuss their plans to open at 210 N Harvard Street, which is just south of the Western Avenue intersection. (Thanks to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for bringing this to our attention.)]

[July 28 update: A tweet from @certaintragedy indicates that the proposed location of Flat Top Johnny's in Allston plans to include a restaurant, pool hall, and back patio, while the hope is to also have a full liquor license as well.]

[Earlier Article]
Flat Top Johnny's in Cambridge's Kendall Square Is Closing for Good

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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