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James's Gate shuts its doors

Sign on the door of James's Gaete announcing its closing

Sign on the door of James's Gate. Photo by Gary Chase.

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the well known JP restaurant has ceased to be.

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Loved the Gate when I lived in JP. Sorry to see it closed.

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I love that place. Sitting outside in the summer on their patio is a family tradition. They always seemed to be doing a good business. Wonder if the pull of selling to build more luxury condos was just too much?

sniff.

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Awful. Does anyone know what happened?

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''James’s Gate is located on the former site of Hester’s Tavern, irreverently known for years as “the chapel”, at 5 McBride Street, located across the street from the former Inn. In later lives, as times improved, Hester’s was elevated to “the cathedral” with little increase in either reverence or maintenance.

Bernard T. “Bonnie” Hester, a former bricklayer from Dalrymple Street, opened his tavern at 5 McBride Street in the mid-1930s and ran it until 1959 when it became McBride Lunch. Around 1967 it was called Joe Cunniff’s Bar. Cunniff was a long-time patron and former bartender. Thereafter it was Danny Harold’s, Dory Lounge, MacDonald’s and 5 McBride Lunch again until James’s Gate purchased and renovated the property in 1997.

James’s Gate’s extensive renovations with antique building materials replicated an Irish pub alongside a contemporary dining room in a building inspired by the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, home of Guinness Stout since 1759. ''
http://www.jphs.org/20thcentury/

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No way. I randomly decided to go there last night to grab a drink and after perusing their beer list I found myself wondering why I'd only been once before. I wonder what happened.

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I have sooooooo many amazing, wonderful memories of being in that place. It was my go-to. Where I went on snowy Sunday afternoons to have a pint and read the Sunday papers next to the fire.

Sometimes you'd walk in and there'd be fiddle players practicing in the corner.

To celebrate moving to Boston, I held a party at the center table with boas and tiaras.

I can't count the number of soccer games I've seen on the big screen there. Intimate dinners with the friends in restaurant side.

I remember when you could smoke there.

I've celebrated anniversaries and summer Thursday nights there.

The busboy has been greeting me by name for the past 10 years.

I'm sad.

We miss you, James Gate.

xoxoxox
Jamaica Plain

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the staff was summoned today at 3 with no warning and told that was it. granted with tear in eye but booted out the door with not a farewell drink and down they scuttled to Galway House without any ceremony and my daughter was meant to finally start waiting tables on Saturday after putting in her time as a hostess all these many a week. bad show. bad sport. I am furious and not to mention I loved the place in winter especially.

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... on the part of the owner/management. And they showed no class at all...

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That's terrible! That was my go-to place to hang out in JP. Fires in the winter, eating outside in the summer, all the amazingly friendly bartenders and waitstaff. Brian's art gallery on the restaurant side, Bobby's skateboard movies on dead nights when there was almost no one there, the Irish sessions, good beer, good food, meeting new friends, it was everything a pub should be.

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I'm sad for the workers that were surprised like this. Hopefully they can find another job quickly.

The bar side had a nice atmosphere, especially when they had music but I am surprised it was open as long as it was with the horrendous food on the restaurant side.

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...it was actually good food.
I think the always available coupons "$25 off if you spend $50" did 'em in... good place. we slogged all the way from HP to get there, and they still let us in.

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I have heard the pub side had ok food, I was speaking about the restaurant on the other side. It wasn't good. At all.

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Good spot, this sucks

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