David Ortiz’s Big Papi’s Grille on Rte. 9 in Framingham will close this summer after being open for two years, according to Bill Goodwin, Vice-President of overhead Classic Restaurant Concepts.
“The closing date is yet to be determined, but soon,” Goodwin said. “Right now we don’t have another location lined up, and we want to do the right thing for our employees and let them find good jobs, but everything’s relative to anticipated things coming into play with closing.”
Alex Radetsky, David Ortiz’s marketing agent, said the restaurant will close because the lease is up July 31 and Ortiz’s hankering to open a restaurant in Boston.
“He was planning at some point to move his restaurant endeavors to downtown Boston,” Radetsky said. “There was always the desire to be in downtown Boston, the heart of the city.”
Radetsky said Ortiz might rebrand the restaurant, and might experiment with different types of cuisine, from upscale eateries to casual joints.
“It’s a passion of David’s and he’s very excited,” he said.
Ortiz enjoyed stationing his restaurant in Framingham, since it gave him a place to host charity events and get to know the community, Radetsky said.
“He lives in the MetroWest area so it works out,” Radetsky said. “He became a U.S. citizen in 2008 and he makes his home in the off season there.”
Radetsky said he thought the restaurant was well received by Framingham natives.
“As things developed, there definitely was a good response, and we’re proud of how well it went,” Radetsky said.
Goodwin said the landlord of the Framingham Big Papi’s, Crosspoint Associates, will tear down the old building and reconstruct a new one on top of it.
“It’s a beautiful site on Rte. 9,” Goodwin said of the location.