Davis Square's Gargoyles closed in 2011, leaving many loyal cocktailers homeless. The place was like Cheers — if Cheers had bologna fries, birdbath-sized martinis, and a disco ball. Some regulars settled into nearby watering holes (Spoke, Foundry on Elm); chef Jason Santos went on to open Blue Inc.; and beloved bartenders, like Craig Estee, found homes throughout the city (Estee, always a friendly face behind the bar, is now at 75 Chestnut). But Gargoyles might return after all.
A source tells us that Gargoyles' James Conforti plans to open a stromboli-panini-sandwich shop on State Street. The restaurant's Facebook page, which still exists, confirms big news: "Lease signed. Get ready for the next food trend in America to open in November," reads a recent update.
While birdbath-sized martinis might not pair well with panini, this is happy news for the legions of fans who still mourn their neighborhood hangout. Those fries tasted great, sober or not.