The Tam appears to have closed — but only temporarily

New ownership is taking over the beloved Boston dive bar.

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On Sunday afternoon, the Tam — a storied dive in Boston’s Theater District — posted a tender farewell on its Facebook page, a goodbye note that seemed to indicate that the Tam was closing up shop.

“Well the day has come. Tam as we have known and loved is gone,” the post reads. “I will so miss the wonderful people I’ve met, worked with and fell in love with. All the great students and their families. I will miss you all. I hope to see everyone again, you’re a major part of my life. Thanks again. I LOVE YOU ALL.”


A comment on the post, written by the Tam, reads, “The wonderful owners just were getting old I understand that and they’ve been very good to us. New people bought it they say it will be the same. We’ll see.”

Another comment from the Tam and confirmed in a message to says the posts were written by Lyn Grande, the Tam’s manager.

Also on Sunday, a photo was posted on the Tam’s Instagram page with a caption that reads, “Thank you all for the wonderful memories.”

Comments on both posts poured in, with tributes that ranged from, “You guys were so great and will go down in Beantown history. Thank you for the memories,” to, “Well, Christmas is now ruined.” On the Instagram post, even award-winning local chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Matthew Jennings expressed their surprise.

But just as the Beacon Hill Pub temporarily closed earlier this year, the Tam isn’t shuttering for good. Over the summer, the Greatest Boston Bar Company LLC purchased the building that houses the Tam, as well as those housing the Beacon Hill Pub, Sullivan’s Tap in the West End, and Mary Ann’s in Brighton. Julius Sokol, who is an investor in the Greatest Boston Bar Company, said that the company plans to keep the character of the downtown dive while making some upgrades.


“The transfer [in ownership] has been approved by the ABC [Alcohol Beverage Control], and we are going through all inspections with the city,” Sokol said. “It should take place this week.”

Sokol said that the Tam is scheduled to officially close on Wednesday, although local restaurant blog Boston Restaurant Talk reported that the current ownership appears to have closed the bar on Sunday night. Through the Tam’s Instagram account, former Tam bartender Patrick Hagan confirmed to that the bar is closed until further notice, and that the employees had not been told anything by the new owners.

Sullivan’s Tap announced its own temporarily closure on Facebook early Monday afternoon.

Mary Ann’s has yet to make any announcements regarding its change in ownership, and neither Sullivan’s Tap nor Mary Ann’s immediately responded to requests for comment. Sokol did not know when changes at those establishments would take place.

Sokol said that the Greatest Boston Bar Company’s renovations to the Beacon Hill Pub and the Tam will be complete within seven to 14 days, and the bars will be ready to reopen then.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to open the Beacon Hill Pub and Tam right away, and we look forward to operating them in the same manner,” he said.

When asked whether current employees would be able to keep their jobs, Sokol said that the company will be meeting with everybody who wants to stay, but, “because we haven’t taken over yet, we haven’t gotten to that step yet.” This extends to all of the bars that were purchased — Sokol said that once each bar reopens under the new ownership, they’ll be meeting with everyone who wants to stay on board.


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