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Plan to open Poe’s Pub on Tremont Street is scuttled

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 8, 2011 02:51 PM

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Plans to open Poe’s Pub in the South End have been scuttled.

Brian Poe, one of the partners behind the pub, planned for 782 Tremont St., has withdrawn.

Originally, Poe and his partner Gordon Wilcox, owner of Parish Café among other Boston-based eateries, had planned to have the 2,500 square-foot space open by 2012.

"Cooking is my passion, and I don't want to be distracted by issues that will prevent me from being able to contribute positively to the neighborhood,” Poe said.

Despite Poe’s withdrawal, Wilcox said he still hopes to have something opening up in the space he is currently leasing and won’t let a few in the neighborhood spoil his plans.

Wilcox has been facing some neighborhood opposition recently because of the Parish Café’s quest to move a tree away from the front of that establishment at 493 Massachusetts Ave. The city denied the proposal, in part because of a neighborhood effort to save the tree.

“He [Poe] watched what we went through over here [to remove a tree] and he doesn’t want to go through it, he just wants to cook,” Wilcox said.

Although the situation with both the pub and the café has been frustrating for the parties involved, Wilcox said he still has a deep commitment to the neighborhood.

“I love the neighborhood. I think the fact that the Parish Café is here has helped the neighborhood,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox said he will be resubmitting a Doing Business As form to change the name of the restaurant but said the space will still have a tavern feel to it and he will be investing nearly $1 million in renovations.

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