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Boston-area bars and restaurants that have closed (or are closing), Spring 2022

This spring, the Boston area lost an adorable 25-year-old neighborhood pizza; a living room centered on art; one of the few Cuban cafes in the region; the restaurants of successful chefs Nancy Batista-Caswell and Jason Santos; and more. Meanwhile, other restaurants, like Carrot Flower, have announced impending closures.

To keep up to date with reported closures last season, take a look here. If we missed a closure, write to us here.

Here’s a roundup of reported closures:


JAMAICA PLAIN — Sunny Vegan Cafe Carrot Flower will pour its last green juice on May 23, 2022 at the end of its lease. After four years, the popular cafe announced that it was unable to become profitable. Until the last day of operation, Carrot Flower plans to remain open five days a week while operating with minimal staff. Follow its Facebook page to watch for any schedule changes through May. (703 Center Street, Jamaica Plain)


MALDEN — Yong Yong Chinese Restaurant has closed after eight years of Chinese-American and Cantonese cuisine in Malden, according to BostonRestaurants. Brazilian Mineirao Steakhouse plans to take over the space. (108 Ferry Street, Malden)

SOMERVILLE — Another location in the 99 restaurant and pub chain called it, according to BostonRestaurants. The Somerville location closed just past the Route 1 Saugus location (181 Broadway, Saugus) closed on April 16. Meanwhile, the restaurant group has several new Massachusetts locations in the works. Ninety-nine, headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, has more than 100 restaurants in the northeast.

DOWNTOWN BOSTON – Levend Bagelry closed its doors at the Boston Public Market on April 16 after six years of serving cold-fermented sourdough bagels at the Haymarket facility. The bagel counter gained popularity as a frequent presence at farmers’ markets before moving to its Boston Public Market stall in July 2016. The market won’t be bagel-less for long, though. The Bagel Guild is rolling into the Levend space today, April 20, with sourdough bagels, bagel sandwiches and spreads like smoked beet hummus. Levend posted a goodbye on his website: “After weathering the pandemic for the past 2 years and dealing with all the other challenges of owning a small business, it’s simply time for a new adventure. and pass the torch of the bagel”. (100 Hanover Street, Boston)

MARBLE HEAD — B&B Fish fast and casual seafood restaurant will not reopen after winter hibernation. Boston restaurateur Jason Santos (Butter & Bourbon, Citrus & Salt) opened the New England and South American seafood house in November 2020 with a menu of soft green apples, fried clams and onion rings so puffy they looked like doughnuts. It closed for a winter break after its 2021 season and plans to reopen in April, according to the restaurant’s website. Instead, the restaurant has permanently closed, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. (195 Pleasant Street, Marblehead)

POINTE DE FORT — Nancy Batista-Caswell’s successful Fort Point restaurant, Oak and Rowan, has been sold. It closed on April 16, 2022. Read the story here. (321 A Street, Boston)

JAMAICA PLAIN – Old Havana, a well-known Cuban cafe with an extensive menu in Jamaica Plain, called it in April. The restaurant offered traditional Cuban dishes like ham croquettes, guava cheesecake, and ropa vieja served in a friendly dining room that buzzed with Cuban tunes. The landlord said the lease had not been renewed and there were no plans to move to another location, according to the Jamaica Plain News. (349 Center Street, Jamaica Plain)

ROXBURY — After three and a half years of topping New York-style pizzas with Portuguese pork sausage chouriço, burrata and more, Mario’s closed its doors in Roxbury on April 11. According to a Facebook post, the space will continue as a pizzeria under a new name with new owners. (197 Humboldt Avenue, Roxbury)

SAUGUS— Route 1 Outpost Saugus (181 Broadway, Saugus) from the local restaurant chain Restaurant and Pub 99 closed on Saturday, April 16, according to some “local chatter” heard by Boston Restaurant Talk. Meanwhile, the family restaurant group is opening a new Saugus outpost nearby.

DEDHAM — Victory Grille served its last wing, reports the Boston Restaurant Talk blog. The sports bar, which opened in 2016, served standard bar options like wings, mac and cheese, and more.

MARCH 2022

CAMBRIDGE – After more than half a century of fueling the neighborhood’s affection for pizza and a pitcher, Porter Square mainstay Newtowne grille debuted March 19, 2022. Prior to pandemic-era renovations, the adorable dive had remained largely the same since the 1960s. Building owner Eric Boyer cited challenges with Covid for closing, such as repeated reports that it had already closed permanently. Read Eater Boston’s full story here. (838 Boston Road, Cambridge)

MALDEN — After 30 years, At dock restaurant served its last meal on March 20, 2022. House of Smoke barbecue restaurant from the same catering group will take its place. The Wakefield Dockside branch remains open. (229 Center Street, Malden)

READINGFusion the all-day breakfast cafe and restaurant closed in March. It was known for its omelets, waffles, breakfast sandwiches and lattes. (607 main street, reading)

SOMERVILLE — Create The gallery and cocktail bar ended a three-year run at the Bow Market in Union Square on March 22, 2022. Chef Louis DiBiccari’s art-centric lounge opened in 2019 as a permanent manifestation of its annual showcase of chefs, bartenders, artists and musicians. According to a closing statement, Create “will soon undergo a rebranding and relocation.” (1 Bow Market Way, Somerville)

VALTHAM — The long-running Greek restaurant at Lexington Street Demos (146 Lexington Street, Waltham) closed in March, according to Turkish restaurateur Osman Kiranoglu bought Demos, closed it and renamed it Boston Kebab House. The remains of Watertown Demos open at 64 Mount Auburn Street.