John Keith snapped a photo of the notice in the window of Geoffrey's Cafe on Berkeley Street that the place has been shut "per order of the Superior Court" - possibly due to an issue of rent payments.
I would like to point out that they had a bar in there and had *0* beers on tap.
No beers on tap? Well, I guess justice prevails in a sense. We did make one enjoyable trip to the Rozzie version, though.
They were always a place for cocktails, and never a place for good draft beers.
Food was great though. I hope they reopen.
Geoffrey's was awesome. It was a gay friendly restaurant where straights felt comfortable too. It also was one of the only moderately priced restaurants in the South End. You didn't break the bank eating there, and that will be sorely missed.
I miss the Roslindale location too, considering how Rozzie supported Geoffrey's, they could have done a better job exiting. It came across like they just dumped us when they found better digs back in the South End again.
Why does everyone say it is the South End?
It's in Back Bay. On the other side of Back Bay station. Next to the Liberty Mutual building, which is in... the Back Bay.
Why cling onto the South End monicker? Most of us gays fleed to Dorchester, the new gay hood.
It's next to club cafe and is literally across the street (Columbus Ave) is the technical South End. I guess technically, yes, Club Cafe and Geoffrey's are in Back Bay but it's not exactly a stretch to call them the South End, at least culturally. Second, I've heard people claiming since 2005 that "Dorchester is the new South End" but it hasn't exactly happened, and I know more than a few people who left Dorchester after they realized it. The South End is still the South End, and if there is a "new South End," it may well be Southie, at least that's my observation. In reality, the need for a gay ghetto is a little bit dwindled so I don't think there will be a new South End.
Actually, Geoffrey's started in Back Bay (across from the BPL on Boylston) then moved to the South End, then moved to Rozzie, then moved back to Back Bay or the South End or, oh, let's just say Greater Copley. Regardless, I've been a fan since the Boylston Street days, and hope that the fact that they've survived the gypsy past, they will reappear somewhere else.
actually. it was on Comm ave. but bascially in the same space you were describing as across the street from BPL, just on Comm ave.
Redd's food is way, way, way better than Geoffrey's was though, so overall I don't miss Geoffrey's in Roslindale. That said, they were all really nice, so it's a shame they closed in their new place.
Reds is amazing. I have been there twice and the food is spectacular. The beer selection is also quite good. Much better overall than Geofs was. Sad to hear that Gs got closed down but it was a little tired and much too large of a space for them.
Btw where is this new south end in DOT?
I can't tell you how many times I tried to like Geoffrey's when it was in Rozzy. The food always was sub-par except for those glorious cupcakes. Redd's is outstanding food, locally sourced and at a very reasonable price. Geoffrey's left Rozzy because of a rent dispute with the landlord. Go to Redd's today for their 3 course Sunday dinner for under $20!! Find that in either the South End or Back Bay.
Most gays like to think it was in the South End, but if I'm not mistaken, Geoffrey's was a 'Back Bay' restaurant not a South End one. Either way, this is karma in its truest form; after the way they handle their exit from Roslindale, some of us are elated with the news of their closing. I'm sorry for staff who lost their jobs, but I hope it stays closed. Also, everyone knows that the food sucked. It was simply a place for the gays to 'see and be seen' while sipping overpriced cocktails. Good riddance.
It was on Tremont Street in the 90s, but moved around a lot.
Well, that seems pretty mean-spirited, but whatever.
Geoffrey's was a fixture on Tremont Street near Union Park for the 1990s and offered the gay South End mid-priced, mid-quality food and a lively brunch scene. It opened in 1991 when there were few even decent eating options in the South End. I have many pleasant memories of it, but its wanderings since its leaving Tremont St. have mirrored the diaspora of Boston gays. With no preponderant presence in the City (not the South End or Dorchester or Southie), we are more dispersed and (ironically) more invisible.
There is no reason to mourn or disparage Geoffrey's. It served its role well until it could not survive an altered environment. Now with dBar, and Chops, emphasis has switched to new entrepreneurs and new tastes, which are appropriate for this time and place. No eatery endures forever, not even Locke-Ober's.
Dot is the new gay hood? Umm, maybe for the poor? Dot is gross.
and Geoffrey's was in Back Bay. I'm not even from here and I know that.
Very sad to see it close. It was so much more enjoyable, friendlier, less pretentious and cleaner than Club Barfe. And actual attractive people went there.
I'll give you props for knowing where the line is between the South End and the Back Bay.
But you really have no clue about Dorchester.