BOSTON - A number of restaurants across the state have shuttered their doors despite being beloved by their communities. It's just hard to stay afloat in a tough, competitive industry. Sadly, two more restaurants located in the Boston area have added themselves to the mix of restaurant closures this week.
According to The Boston Globe, No Name Restaurant, one of the oldest and most treasured destinations for New England seafood in the old Seaport, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy yesterday. After a Facebook post made by the proprietors of No Name, it was made clear that the 102-year-old staple of the Seaport was no more.
On the Fish Pier in Boston, Nick Contos opened No Name all the way back in 1917 to help the fishermen eat some classic seafood dishes while hard at work. Because of its iconic status in Boston, many were quick to share their myriad fond memories of the restaurant. Many are crestfallen and shocked at the idea that it won't be around anymore.
One restaurant closure that was less shocking, but no less disheartening was that of Southern Proper, a Southern-style restaurant in Boston that was opened by Jason Cheek back in March of 2018. There was no apparent reason for Southern Proper's closure; Cheek merely stated that December 31 was the last day that his restaurant would be open. It must just be a challenge to establish a foothold in a certain style of cuisine in Boston.
As it stands currently, no restaurants have been announced as replacements for the two locations. There should be announcements coming relatively soon, but in the case of No Name, there will be some massive shoes to fill. And those who adored Southern Proper will also be putting a keen eye of judgment up against the restaurant that ends up being selected to fill that void. We may not know what's coming next, but we'll always remember what came before.
Thanks for the memories, No Name and Southern Proper. We are undoubtedly going to miss dining with you.
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