When Gov. Charlie Baker revealed that Massachusetts restaurants would be able to reopen in Phase 2 and bars in Phase 4 under the state’s four-phase reopening plan, some restaurant owners thought: Too late.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause economic upheaval across the world, restaurants and bars in the Greater Boston area have steadily started to close — and will likely continue to do so even while the economy recovers. Bob Luz, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, previously told Boston.com that he anticipates 25 percent or more of independent restaurants won’t survive the pandemic. A second resurgence of the virus could alter that number even further.
While many restaurants are continuing to fight through the global health crisis by offering takeout and delivery, applying for aid, adding patio seating, or waiting to see what happens beyond Phase 3, here are the restaurants that have closed amid COVID-19.
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September 3 – The Pour House: After 34 years in business, Boylston Street bar The Pour House announced its closure, stating that the space is for sale. “We want to thank each and every one of you very much,” the team shared in an Instagram post. “The heart and soul of The Pour House has always been our staff and our customers. Without them, we would never have been as successful as we were for 34 years.”
September 3 – Lir: Boylston Street saw the loss of another longstanding watering hole with the closure of Lir. “We are sad to announce that after 17 years of business we will be closing our doors for good,” the Irish pub shared. “Since the day we opened we felt a strong connection to the Boston community, and we would like to say thank you to our loyal patrons who stood by us along the way.”
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