Well, this is disappointing news. 

Southie native and celebrity chef Barbara Lynch will be closing three restaurants and selling off two more. According to the Boston Globe, Menton, Sportello, and Drink, all located in Fort Point — will close immediately. South End restaurants The Butcher Shop and Stir will be sold while No. 9 Park in Beacon Hill, B&G Oysters in the South End, and The Rudder in Gloucester will remain open.

A statement released by the Lynch Collective attributes the closures to high rents, uncooperative landlords, and operational management.

“Boston is no longer the same place where I opened seven restaurants over the last 25 years. Properties have been flipped and flipped, and the landlords just want the rents that only national chains can sustain,” said Lynch in the statement.

If you have gift cards to any of the closing spots, they can be used at No. 9 Park, B+G Oysters, and The Rudder.



  1. Mike Brendan January 5, 2024 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Boston’s dining scene is truly tragic. This is all due to over-regulation, especially the prohibitively expensive archaic liquor licensing and absurd zoning laws sustained by the NIMBYs. Can’t wait to have another Mortons or Ruth’s Chris serving half ass, grossly over priced steak and creamed spinach, as opposed to local independently owned and operated businesses serving unique menus of locally sourced ingredients…. How is Wu’s Night Life initiative going BTW?

  2. Mike Thomas January 6, 2024 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    A sad story about a truly great, hard working, spirited daughter of Southie.
    There’s never been such a successful woman out of the ashes of any community around Boston.
    Just can’t say enough for Barbara Lynch.
    Best in your future, and in all you do !

  3. PF January 11, 2024 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    The people’s loss aside, the greedy socialists of the City stand to lose a lot of tax revenue from the businesses.

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