The Boston-Space Bars and Eating places That Have Closed (Or Are Closing), Spring 2022

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This spring, the Boston area lost a loveable 25-year-old neighborhood pizza shopper; an arts-centric lounge; one of the few Cuban cafes in the area; restaurants by acclaimed chefs Nancy Batista-Caswell and Jason Santos; and more. Meanwhile, other restaurants like Carrot Flower have announced impending closures.

For last season’s reported closures, take a look here. If we’ve missed a closure, write to us here.

Here is a running summary of reported closures:

FORMWORK SOON

JAMAICA PLAIN – The sunny vegan café Carrot Flower will serve its last green juice on May 23, 2022 when the lease ends. After four years, the popular café announced that it could not become profitable. As of its last business day, Carrot Flower plans to remain open five days a week while operating with minimal staff. Follow the Facebook page to monitor any schedule changes through May. (703 Center Street, Jamaica Plain)

CLOSED (APRIL)

MALDEN — Chinese restaurant Yong Yong has closed after eight years of serving Chinese-American and Cantonese dishes in Malden, according to BostonRestaurants. Brazil’s Mineirao Steakhouse plans to take over the space. (108 Ferry Street, Malden)

SOMERVILLE — Another location of the restaurant and bar chain 99 has quit, according to BostonRestaurants. The Somerville branch was closed shortly after the closure of the Route 1 branch in Saugus (181 Broadway, Saugus) on April 16. Meanwhile, the restaurant group has a number of new restaurants in the works in Massachusetts. Ninety-Nine, headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, has over 100 restaurants in the Northeast.

DOWNTOWN BOSTON — Levend Bagelry closed his store at the Boston Public Market on April 16 after six years of serving cold-fermented sourdough bagels at the Haymarket facility. The bagel counter gained a following as a frequent presence at farmers’ markets before settling on their booth at the Boston Public Market in July 2016. However, the market won’t be without bagels for long. The Bagel Guild rolls into Levend’s eatery today, April 20, with sourdough bagels, bagel sandwiches and spreads like smoked beet hummus. Levend posted a farewell on his website: “Having weathered the pandemic for the last two years and faced every other challenge that comes with owning a small business, it’s just time for a new adventure and the Bagel- Torch.” (100 Hanover Street, Boston)

MARBLEHEAD – Fast-casual seafood restaurant B&B Fish will not reopen after hibernation. Boston restaurateur Jason Santos (Buttermilk & Bourbon, Citrus & Salt) opened the New England-meets-American-South Seafood House in November 2020 with a menu of green apple soft serve ice cream, fried clams, and onion rings so puffy they’re resemble donuts. According to the restaurant’s website, it was closed for a winter break after its 2021 season and is set to reopen in April. Instead, the restaurant has closed permanently, according to the Boston Restaurant Talk. (195 Pleasant Street, Marble Head)

FORT POINT – Nancy Batista-Caswell’s successful restaurant in Fort Point, Oak and Rowan has been sold. It closed on April 16, 2022. Read the story here. (321 A Street, Boston)

JAMAICA PLAIN – Old Havana, a acclaimed Cuban coffee shop with an extensive menu on Jamaica Plain, closed this April. The restaurant offered traditional Cuban fare like ham croquettes, guava cheesecake, and ropa vieja, served in a friendly dining room that hummed Cuban tunes. The owner said the lease had not been renewed and that there was no plan to move elsewhere, according to Jamaica Plain News. (349 Center Street, Jamaica Plains)

ROXBURY — After three and a half years of topping New York-style pizzas with Portuguese pork sausage, chouriço, burrata and more, Mario closed down Roxbury on April 11. According to a Facebook post, the space will continue as a pizza spot under a new name with new owners. (197 Humboldt Avenue, Roxbury)

SAUGUS – The Route 1 (181 Broadway, Saugus) Saugus outpost of the local restaurant chain Restaurant and Pub 99 were closed on Saturday, April 16, according to “local gossip” heard by Boston Restaurant Talk. Meanwhile, the family-friendly restaurant group is opening a new Saugus outpost nearby.

DEDHAM — Victory Grille served his last wing, reports the Boston Restaurant Talk blog. The sports bar, which opened in 2016, served standard bar options like wings, mac and cheese, and more.

MARCH 2022

CAMBRIDGE – After more than half a century of fueling the neighborhood’s love of pizza and a pitcher, Porter Square is a mainstay Newtowne cricket resigned on March 19, 2022. Prior to the pandemic-era renovations, the endearing dive site had remained largely unchanged since the 1960s. Building owner Eric Boyer cited Covid-related challenges for the closure, such as repeated reports that it was already permanently closed. Read the full story of Eater Boston here. (838 Boston Rd, Cambridge)

MALDEN — After 30 years Harbor The restaurant served its last meal on March 20, 2022. The House of Smoke grill restaurant from the same restaurant group will be there. The Wakefield Dockside location remains open. (229 Center Street, Malden)

READ – merger The all-day breakfast cafe and restaurant closed in March. It was known for omelettes, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and lattes. (607 Main Street, Reading)

SOMERVILLE — Create The gallery and cocktail lounge ended a three-year operation at Union Square’s Bow Market on March 22, 2022. Chef Louis DiBiccari’s art-centric lounge opened in 2019 as a permanent manifestation of his annual showcase of chefs, bartenders, artists and musicians. According to a final statement, Create will “soon undergo a brand reorganization and relocation.” (1 Bow Market Way, Somerville)

WALTHAM – Longtime Greek eatery Demos on Lexington Street (146 Lexington Street, Waltham) closed in March, according to WickedLocal.com. Turkish restaurant owner Osman Kiranoglu bought Demos, closed it and rebranded as Boston Kebab House. The Watertown Demos will remain open at 64 Mount Auburn Street.