Closed by the Boston Marathon bombings, Forum Bar & Restaurant reopens with revelry

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Forum Bar & Restaurant, the Boylston Street establishment located at the epicenter of the Boston Marathon bombings, reopened in August after four months’ closure. A visit supports a local business and celebrates the area’s return. On a Thursday night, normalcy is in full swing. Forum’s first floor is packed with patrons engaged in life-affirming post-work revelry. Music thumps loudly. The place has been remodeled, with a brighter look and a smaller bar that allows for freer milling about. A pack of women wearing stripes roams the floor, big glasses of red wine in hand. Dudes in plaid shirts take photos together. In a booth, couples canoodle. Forum has a new chef, Dan Schroeder, and a menu divided between classy bar food and reimagined bistro fare.

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