Stella Restaurant and Bar‘s last service is Friday night after 15 years in the South End. The restaurant made the announcement Friday afternoon on its social media pages.
“It is with a heavy heart and tears in our eyes that we announce the closing of Stella Restaurant and Bar. Today will be our last night. It has been nothing but a pleasure to serve Boston and especially the South End these last 15 years,” the statement said. “We have made so many friends with employees and [guests] and will miss everyone of you. Please know that this was not in our control [and] we had hoped to come out of this stronger. We will miss all of you very much.”
Reactions and remembrances were swift.
“I can’t even process this,” Marie Wentling wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “You guys were the absolute best at so many things. My go to favorite in the South End. The best and most professional, friendly service, and consistently delicious food and drinks. Wishing you only the best as we move ahead.”
“I moved out of Boston 9 years ago but when I lived in the SE, I loved going to Stella! Very sad,” Frances Russo wrote.
Chef Evan Deluty opened Stella in 2005 and named the restaurant after his daughter. Stella was his third restaurant, preceded by Bistro 5 in West Medford and Torch in Beacon Hill.
While Stella did not name the coronavirus pandemic as a cause for the closure, the restaurant follows close behind other establishments that have recently shuttered due to COVID-19, including The Table at Season to Taste and Morano Gelato.