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On Wednesday, in a print review of Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, you will see me wonder what will become of Locke-Ober's historic space. Since the review went to press, the likely answer has been revealed, thanks to Patrick Maguire of JM Curley.
Maguire reports that a group has signed an agreement to purchase the space and its liquor license: Jay Hajj of Mike's City Diner in the South End, Michael Fallman of British Beer Company, and James P. Robertson Jr. of Origen Property Management. The team, Maguire says, plans to open a new bar and restaurant but preserve Locke-Ober's architecture, woodwork, and other historic features. (Please keep the dumbwaiter!) The sale is expected to be finalized in November. Despite the Mike's City Diner/British Beer connections, neither concept will open in the space, Maguire says. A new, independent restaurant is at least a year away.
Boston isn't the kind of city to turn its back on the past, and it is heartening to see a team of restaurateurs step in to preserve the irreplaceable Locke-Ober. Now perhaps that gorgeous bar will get the high-quality period cocktails it demands.
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