The Globe reports. CommonWealth considers that the restaurant meant a lot more to the neighborhood than just food.
And not a good sign for a deteriorating neighborhood. A solid and magnificent place to gather, always generous to those less fortunate. Troubling times
Such cultural imperialism hogwash from Mike Jonas.
Full disclosure - You can see the Ashmont Grill(e) from the house I grew up in, depending on the foliage cover. It would be patronized every once and a while by my father and I under the old guise and my wife and family under the new guise. To be honest with you, I was never really wowed by the food. It was alright but food at Sonny's (growing up) or Dorset Hall (now) was / is about the same.
The article linked to contains all the arrogance seen on these pages about why native Bostonians get mad at people moving into an area and "improving" it.
"The Grill’s opening in 2005 made a loud statement about the vitality and livability of the neighborhood."
Peabody Square was a place, a neighborhood, of working and middle class people long before 2005. There were plenty of Victorians which had been renovated prior to Chris coming from on high I guess in the mid-aughts and making it "safe" for the Can't Afford Cambridge Crowd.
There has been a lot of families around Peabody Square since the late 1800's when the area was transformed from gentlemen's farms into house lots.
People were born, lived, and died there.
All the Ashmont Grill did was make those who moved into the area feel superior to the people who had been there before them. That's it. If you need a restaurant to validate your existence in some club, well good for you, but I guess your standards are kind of low then.
in so many ways. The old Ashmont was a great local place, with a table side and a bar side, like a number of decent unpretentious places pretty much throughout the city. Now it's 16 bucks for a burger, where you can find one and 12 for a beer. In most places you have to google words on the menu to figure out what the hell they are feeding you. No wonder these kids today can only afford to live in studios. Itmakesyasickfakrissakes.
I went to the Ashmont Grill for a Christmas party and it was OK - nothing earthshattering, but the food was good if expensive.
You're right, though - the snobs who move in and try to change the neighborhood to their liking don't read the neighborhood at all. They attempt to gentrify anything not nailed down, and wonder why their grand designs fail and why there's so much resentment and anger towards them.
That place has been phoning it in for years. This past year it was like walking into a cvs with the waiter warning you to clear out by 9.
I’m so tired of hearing people complain about the price of a meal at a restaurant.
If you want cheap, make it yourself or go to McDonald’s. There’s a reason those burgers cost $16. It’s kind of a punishment tax: despite all the other options on the menu that maybe the kitchen is more excited to make for you, and no matter how chef-driven or notable the restaurant is, you choose to order a burger. A burger. That’s beyond basic. And so, You’ll get taxed for that. $16 burgers are the result.
Restaurants have to charge what they charge in order to stay afloat. If you don’t like what it costs to keep a restaurant afloat, consider donating or ordering something other than a burger.
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