Au revoir, Gaslight. It’s been a good run.
As restaurants continue to make difficult business decisions during the pandemic — whether to winterize their dining areas, hibernate, or permanently close — Gaslight has announced that its time has come to an end, and it will shutter after brunch service on Sunday.
“Gaslight has been a Boston restaurant institution for 15 years and with our lease expiring, we have decided to close our doors and look to the future,” Seth Woods, chef and founder of The Aquitaine Group (Gaslight, Aquitaine Boston, Aquitaine Chestnut Hill, Metropolis Cafe), shared in a press release.
The brasserie first debuted at 560 Harrison Ave. in 2007, serving classic French fare like steak frites, coq au vin, escargots drenched in garlic parsley butter, and French onion soup. In April, The Aquitaine Group’s neighboring Italian trattoria, Cinquecento, was forced to close when a water main break on Harrison Avenue flooded the restaurant. The flooding, which caused roughly $1 million in damage, spelled the end for Cinquecento, which permanently closed in July.
“The closing of Gaslight, along with [the] loss of Cinquecento earlier this year to a flood, marks an end to The Aquitaine Group’s pioneering presence on Harrison Avenue,” Woods shared. “We would most sincerely wish to thank our loyal guests who have made Gaslight and Cinquecento part of their memories over these many years. Additionally, we would like to thank all of our team members through the years who have made our guest’s memories possible with their hospitality, smiles and warmth. Lastly, we would like to thank our neighbors, friends and vendors who have supported us and helped make both restaurants two of the city’s favorites.”
Despite the most recent closure, Woods hinted at something fresh coming in 2021.
“The Aquitaine Group is moving off of Harrison Avenue and we are looking forward to new endeavors in 2021,” Woods said. “We are bullish on Boston and the restaurant community that serves our city just as we have, for over 25 years and running at Aquitaine Boston, Aquitaine Chestnut Hill and Metropolis Cafe.”
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