Bettlebrox noticed the sign in the window of Steve's Greek Cuisine, 316 Newbury St. According to their Facebook page, the Newbury Street location shut forever on Sunday, although they still have a stand inside Quincy Market.
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But the Back Bay really needs a new overpriced hair and nail salon to lease that space instead!
I lived above the UPS store on that block for 7 years and Steve's was always an excellent source of hangover breakfast.
But yes, the evolution of my old block into frozen yogurt and frozen beverages in general is disgusting. Tourists used to leave those Goddamn cups on my steps every day. Isn't there ANOTHER type of business that can open and be successful on that block besides multiples of the same stupid thing?
Maybe a CVS? Do they have any banks?
Maybe a CVS with a TD Bank branch inside?
Or, for maximum convenience, a CVS, with a full-service TD Bank inside its front doors. Tellers and everything.
But wait. We need to go deeper. What if these banking customers get a headache, or need to pluck unsightly chin hairs while waiting in the bank? What if we put a small apothecary inside the bank inside the CVS?
Take all that and add a liquor license, smoothie/juice bar, sushi bar and manicures. Make sure it's 24/7 (except for the booze and pharmacy).
Best store ever or worst nightmare ever?
A cellphone store within a bank that's also a coffee place with a nail salon and an Irish pub themed sportsbar.
You know, wit their new O'Flannigan's Cafe, Spa and Banking Centers?
I happened to have looked this up once when Steve's was closed for those long, long renovations. The building owner is "KOURTIDIS 316" and "MASS LLC"http://www.cityofboston.gov/assessing/search/?pid=0503107000
The assessing address is 62 Hereford Street.
Some Demoulas-type issue?
My guess is that he may literally be leasing it to himself (two different business entities), and that in any case, he figured it would be better PR (for his remaining stand) he "lost his lease" rather than saying "I'm cashing in, buh-bye!"
... maybe he really _lost_ his lease -- like mis-filed it where it can't be found -- or was reading it next to an open window and it blew away -- or something...
usually "lost our lease" means that a renewal option wasn't exercised or in this economy, the tenant made a run at the landlord for a reduction. Contrary to urban legend, even in Boston, real estate appreciation has a limit. (I'm in the business.)
So now we know.
Newbury Street = Copley Place, but outside.
(aka nothing but over priced chain stores.. no originality)
(I also say the same thing about Harvard Square now)
Truth is the building sold. While the restaurant may have been loved prior to renovations, the clientele has not returned since and business was not good enough to sustain itself without owning building. Those who say from PR perspective it looks better to say they lost their lease are correct. Shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves in 3 generations....
Huh, not sure why you would say that. I walk by there all of the time and it's pretty full.
A quick search on the Suffolk Registry of Deeds found nothing related to a sale of that property. The most recent deed related to that property or name was in 2002. It may be under agreement to sell or something, but to date it hasn't sold.
Google it, the sale is set to close on 3/31/14
Never ate at the Newbury Street branch, but the Faneuil Hall outlet was convenient place for some decent food. Expensive, but when you want a gyro, whaddyagonnado?
I thought they owned that building.
The deuce you say.
I rented an apartment in Roslindale for over five years from the owner of this spot; nice guy, nice apartment and a good restaurant.
That's all I've got :-)
- is a nice guy. and one of the hardest working people in Boston. Hope things turn out well for him.
They had to sell? If they did own, I wouldn't be surprised if the cost of property taxes, etc. were getting out of hand there. The more these big chains come in and make money, the more value the properties around them have, and things can get out of hand quickly. I worked in the Back Bay for 3 years and have seen more businesses come and go than I can remember, and more than 1 shop owner told me it was because their building was bought and/or their rent was increased to an astronomical amount.
Just a thought.
Anyone I ever knew who got their wallet stolen got it lifted at Steve's.
Today I noticed a Panera moved into the spot where the Purple Shamrock used to be.on Blackstone St.
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