The Dorchester Reporter says it's last call for Tom English's bar on Dot. Ave. - it's been sold (along with the neighboring market) and will, of course, likely be torn down for one of those mixed-use developments that are all the rage these days.
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One of my favorite neighborhood bars and delis. Hopefully something decent gets put there to replace it.
Will "neighborhood bars" even be a thing in 10 years? I'm curious...and even a little more concerned. Not everyone wants to go to bars solely occupied by kids in their 20s on the weekend...and I'm not sure there's much in between in Boston anymore...
"Tom English is “no longer interested in running the Tom English concept there,” Hanley said. They hope to retain control over the liquor license to help with long-term planning for the site, possibly including a restaurant component."
We don't know the details, but this does not in any way sound like a forced closure. It sounds like the owners of Tom English are partners in what the space becomes.
I worked in a trade shop in Neponset in the 80's. Every Friday we'd get our checks and all go to TE's for lunch and a beer. They'd cash all the checks while you were sitting in the booth. Only time we ever drank during the day.
I've popped in over the years. Always a well run establishment. I wish all involved the best of luck in future endeavors.
The destruction started years ago, there are only a few left.
I won't miss it if its owned by the same guy who pulled this stunt:
And since we are going down memory lane, let's not forget that it was the bar in Gone Baby Gone. One of the best analysis of that scene notes that the viewer thinks its nighttime until the door is opened in the end, when you find out it's the middle of the day.
By the way, it was the other Tom English, in Southie, where this happened, and the bartender was the moron (to be generous to him) who put it up.
I don't recall them going to Tom English in Gone Baby Gone, pretty sure it was the bar on the corner of hancock and columbia
Since Lehane was a St. Margaret's kid and the house used as the family homestead was a block up East Cottage and, well, it looked like Tom English, my mistake.
Murph is right - at least about the exterior shot. When they leave the bar, you can clearly see the New York Fried Chicken shop @ 531 Columbia Rd, as well as Pisces Hair across from it in the next shot. Not sure where they did the interior, though. Google maps does not have a bar listed across from NY FC.
I'm a nerd who just watched Gone Baby Gone yesterday.
Interior looks filmed in a studio. The outside shot gives the viewer the impression that the bar is Cataloni's bar which was shut down in Jan 2010 for cocaine dealing/"drug bizarre"
Gone Baby Gone had a number of interior shots done in purpose-built sets in the LoConti ice rink in Medford. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452623/locations
When will this carnage be stopped? The fallen:
Town Field Tavern
The Emerald Isle
The Leedsville Cafe
Where are these liquor licenses going?
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