As Boston sweltered in beautiful, summery weather Tuesday, one of the Back Bay’s outdoor dining spots was empty. Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar, the Greek restaurant with the red brick patio opposite the Park Plaza hotel, closed its doors for good on Monday, a restaurant representative confirmed.
”After a great run at 79 Park Plaza, located in The Heritage on the Garden, we’re sad to announce that we will be closing Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar at the end of May,” owner and Chef Michael Schlow said in a statement.
Schlow, who launched his career at Café Louis in the former Louis Boston superstore on Newbury Street, built his culinary and business reputation at the now-shuttered Radius in the Financial District. In 2003, he opened the Italian-styled Via Matta with former partner Christopher Myers, now of Myers + Chang. In 2015, Schlow switched Via Matta to Doretta.
With Doretta’s closure, Schlow is unlikely to be idle. His restaurant empire includes the Mexican-styled Tico in the Back Bay, and the Italian-themed Alta Strada in Wellesley and at Foxwoods. He has several restaurants in hotels in Washington, D.C., one in the Dartmouth Hotel in Hanover, New Hampshire, and one in the Sunset Marquis hotel in Los Angeles.
“As a company we will continue to focus on creative, hospitality driven concepts and will stay true to our commitment of trying to provide the very best experiences for our guests and our staff,” Schlow said his statement, in which he also thanked his now former landlord Ron Druker, owner of The Heritage on the Garden, as well as the former Doretta and Via Matta staff.
“We’ve called this location home from more than 15 years and words cannot properly express our gratitude to all of the incredibly talented hospitality professionals that we have had the great pleasure to work with over the years,” Schlow wrote. “We’ve made life-long friends here and want to sincerely thank all of the many wonderful guests who allowed us to share a small piece of their lives with them.”