Boston, MA - When Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar first opened in 2015, it offered a novel location: a former bank vault in the heart of Downtown. Now the space — operated by the same partners behind Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale — has shuttered its doors after less than three years in operation.
“From the gang of The Vault & Vanderbilt, thank you for all the fun,” the restaurant's website confirmed.
While its predecessor was fittingly named the Vault, a rebranding campaign shifted the offerings away from the live music and creative takes on salad to the intriguing gastropub fare more in line with the offerings at Stoddard’s including hanger steak tips, beer aged gouda dip, fish & chips, a pork belly banh mi and an emphasis on craft brews and cocktails.
“With the real quick turnover, we are learning the space and neighborhood as we go,” said Vanderbilt owner Jamie Walsh shortly after taking over management in 2017. After a little over a tear of new management, the Financial District hub closed its doors for good. Walsh previously raised a few eyebrows in the local brewery community earlier this year after publicly bemoaning the increase visibility of pop-up beer gardens in the area.
Diners who miss the rotating seasonal beer offerings at Vanderbilt can be sure to find plenty of the same—along with menu items including beef tartare, poutine, ricotta gnocchi and seared duck breast—at Stoddard’s on Temple St in Downtown.
No word yet whether or not a new establishment will be moving into the former Vanderbilt location.