Boston, MA– When Antoinette and Ellie Bolys first opened Sorella’s in 1983, it would have been hard to imagine the idea of a neighborhood diner achieving cult-like veneration as an indelible thread in the cultural fabric of Boston. There was no Food Network in 1983. Nor was there anyone championing independent businesses—after all, corporate monopolization was still a relative infant in the food sector. There were no coffee table books celebrating the diner as a distinctly American mythology. No awkward paeans to hash browns and sizzling grills as a prima mysterium dwelling deep within the psyche. Even the ubiquitous phenomenon of Iggy’s Bread was still over ten years away.
But Ellie Bolys died in 2015. Antoinette Bolys has been tending to Sorella’s sister diner in Dedham for over a decade, while trying to keep pace with the changing face of Hyde Park. And after 36 years, Sorella’s is finally closing its doors for good at the end of the month.
"Aunt Ellie opened it. This was her establishment. Her creativity," manager Lisa Bolys told Jamaica Plain News earlier this week. "We enjoyed everyone. We have families who brought in their children, and those children eventually brought in their children. There aren't many places you can bring children to eat.”
And where generations gather, accolades eventually follow. Over the years, Sorella’s has garnered several Best of Boston awards, including multiple nominations as the Best Breakfast Spot (both formally and informally.) It was precisely this sort of zealous following which encouraged Sorella’s to add a separate dining room in 2009 in order to keep up with the demand. A demand which led to lines of famished customers around the block on weekends, even after the expansion.
Nor was it merely JP residents who championed the small Centre Street diner. Celebrity sightings from Conan O’Brien to former Mayor Thomas Menino were commonplace at Sorella’s, with the famous guests eager to tuck away generous helpings of huevos rancheros and Greek omelettes.
But rumors of its demise began as early as June of last year when it was announced the mixed use building which has housed Sorella’s since 1983 was up for sale for approximately $2.4 Million—a commercial trend grown far too commonplace in Jamaica Plain.
Lisa Bolys confirmed that while the restaurant has been up for sale for several months, its fate ultimately rests on the new buyer. For now, hungry diners may want to note its reduced hours and make a visit while they still can. Sorella's in JP is open until the end of the month, only on Thursday through Sunday from 7:00 am to 1:00pm. Cash only.
Sorella’s is located at 386 Centre St in Jamaica Plain. For more information, visit: https://sorellas-breakfast-restaurant.business.site/