2.9 min readBy Published On: December 31st, 2018Categories: Eat and Drink4 Comments on In 2018, we bid farewell to these Southie restaurants

In the ever-changing landscape of the restaurant scene in South Boston, we said goodbye to the following spots:

Oh no! After more than a decade of business on the Southie Waterfront, Salvatore’s closed its doors. Owner Peter Ackerman made the decision after months of financial wrangling.

A local favorite, The Maiden also closed abruptly in May. The announcement of the closing was made on Instagram. 

The Boston Globe reported that La Casa De Pedro was struggling to stay afloat in the Seaport District. In July, via Facebook La Casa De Pedro announced that it was working hard reopen. “We are working hard to reopen very soon. We will be back stronger than ever. Thank you so much for your continued support.” As of December, it has not reopened yet.

After five years in business, Stephi’s in Southie closed in early June. Sidell Hospitality, the restaurant group that included Stephi’s in Southie, announced via press release that the Dorchester Street restaurant was closed. “While it’s always an emotional moment leaving a neighborhood you’ve been part of, the changes that are coming to the group are both positive and needed,” said owner Stephanie Sokolove stated via press release.

After just 7 months in business, 75 on Courthouse Square at 60 Seaport Boulevard closed its doors. 75 on Courthouse Square was one of the Thomas Kershaw group who operates 75 property on Liberty Wharf, 75 Chestnut, the Hampshire House and the original Cheers in Beacon Hill.

Goodbye Punk & Poet! Just when you got used to the plaid upholstery, red neon sign and Sid the bulldog, The Punk & Poet closed for a week and transformed back into The Playwright! The resurrection of the Playwright took place on Friday, August 24th

Whiskey Priest made its last call on Sunday, September 2 to make room for a new 22-story luxury development.

Just open a little over a year, the Certified Meatball Company on West Broadway also closed. According to Boston Restaurant Talk, the restaurant has been closed the past few days and confirmed that a new concept will be taking over the space in roughly ten weeks. The company behind Certified Meatball Company is Boston Nightlife Ventures, which runs Griddler’s, Southern Kin Cookhouse, and Wink & Nod.

In April, KO Pies announced via twitter they would be taking a “extended break” and moving their Southie employees to their East Boston location where they will be “focusing all of their energies.” In September, KO pies officially sold its building at A and 3rd mid September. No surprise at all since that neighborhood is quickly transforming into condo central including Port45, the new development taking over Coppersmith across the street, and the development replacing William’s Tavern.  Oh well, another one bites the dust! No word what will replace the building that KO resided in yet, but if we’re going to bet, we’d say condos!

Yo! Sushi closed at the Watermark Seaport tower after two years in business. A simple note on the door announced that the restaurant closed. It reads:

“It is with regret that we are announcing that due to some recent changes, Yo! Sushi has had to close.”

In December, Shredded – a new salad and noodle dish shop- that opened at 246 West Broadway this past spring officially closed its doors. According to an Instagram post, “lack of appetite” from the neighborhood for the Shredded concept, is the main reason the salad shop has closed.


  1. Oldtimesouthie January 1, 2019 at 11:02 am - Reply

    All these yuppies like for food is cheap GREASY FOOD (nacho, chicken fingers, steak an cheese, and other assorted GREASY ( CHEAP )DELIGHTS..IF somebody was smart around here they would open a HOT DOG STAND and open them up at 1;00 AM outside the local bars so the DRUNKS can stuff their intoxicated faces with boiled HOT DOGS, AND GREASY FRIES..a guaranteed winner!!

    • Yuppie nacho lover January 1, 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      I absolutely agree! Capo, Lincoln, Fat Baby, The Broadway, Local 149, Publico and Rosa Lyons are all such greasy cheap dives! The nerve of these young newcomers to the neighborhood to only eat at these “cheap” establishments.

      Also- arent millennials being blamed for putting fast food out of business? So I guess we just don’t eat anything now? We take in all nutrition through our new fangled iPads I guess. It’s that blasted AOL and Netscape we should be blaming!

      • Kevin Tinsley January 3, 2019 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Head shot

    • hi January 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      LOL wtf are you talking about. There was nothing but sub shops and chinese restaurants a decade ago.

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