While the original Beacon Hill location of Cheers remains intact, the closure of its Faneuil Hall counterpart, Cheers Replica Bar, on August 30 was a shock to those who equated the household name with a Boston landmark.
“Cheers Replica Bar has had a wonderful 20 years in the iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of America’s most cherished historic landmarks,” founder Tom Kershaw shared in a press release in August. “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.”
The bar may be gone, but you can now own a piece of its history: Boston auction firm Paul E. Saperstein Co. has launched a public online auction featuring kitchen, bar, and restaurant equipment, as well as Cheers memorabilia. A public inspection will be held at Cheers in Faneuil Hall Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and the online auction will conclude at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Along with standard restaurant fixtures like sinks, lamps, chairs, storage cabinets, and keg taps, the auction features some one-of-a-kind memorabilia that might find a place in your own home bar, including:
- Framed photos of the “Cheers” cast
- “Cheers Pub” wood entry sign
- Norms seat at the bar brass plaque
- Cheers neon light
- Cheers welcome mat
- Wood podium with Cheers sign
- Sam Malone’s sports memorabilia sign
- Cheers souvenir mugs
“We are honored and humbled to play a small part in the timeline of such an important Boston landmark,” Michael Saperstein, executive vice president of Paul E. Saperstein Co., said in a press release. “Cheers is a beloved component of Boston’s culture, and we will do our part to send this location off with the care and respect it deserves.”
The original Cheers, which Kershaw opened in 1969 as the Bull & Finch Pub before it went on to serve as an inspiration for the TV show, remains open at 84 Beacon St.
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