Cheers will close its Faneuil Hall location on August 30

Founder Tom Kershaw cited the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for its shutter.

Cheers at Faneuil Hall
Eliana Barros, a bartender/server at Cheers, finishes a drink order. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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It may not be the original location, but Cheers at Faneuil Hall has served as a destination for countless tourists over the last couple of decades — and, like so many other restaurants, will soon close its doors for good.

In a press release, Cheers founder Tom Kershaw announced the closure, sharing that August 30 will be the Faneuil Hall pub’s last day.

“Cheers Replica Bar has had a wonderful 20 years in the iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of America’s most cherished historic landmarks,” he wrote. “I have faced, and pulled through, many kinds of downturns and upticks in the economy within the last 20 years Cheers Replica Bar at Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been in business. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with no assistance from our landlord (Ashkenazy Acquisition Group), has made this current challenge insurmountable.”


Ashkenazy Acquisition Group did not immediately respond to’s request for comment.

Kershaw went on to state that the original Cheers location in Beacon Hill, which he opened in 1969 as the Bull & Finch Pub, would remain open. The pub was the inspiration behind the long-running television series “Cheers,” and features a gift shop with memorabilia.

Hampshire House, which owns Cheers along with restaurants 75 Chestnut and 75 on Liberty Wharf, sued its insurance providers — Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Associated Indemnity Corporation, and their parent company, Allianz Global Risks United States Insurance Company — last month over denied business interruption claims. According to Hampshire House’s attorneys, the insurance companies refused to pay the claims on its “Property-Gard” policy. The lawsuit estimates that Hampshire House has already lost several million dollars.


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