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Amrheins Parcel on the Market

Is it a sign of the times or a crazy rumor? It would not be out of the question that Amrheins owner would put the large chunk of land at the corner of A and West Broadway on the market, right? Many South Boston businesses have gone this way; the property that it sits on is more valuable than the businesses itself. The owner – most of the time close to retirement age – decides to cash it in. But when we got the google alert announcing “Famed Amrheins Restaurant Site Up for Sale; Key Half-Acre Parcel Could Bring Near $20M”we were shocked but not surprised.

So could it be? Could the oldest bar and restaurant in South Boston become a thing of the past? According to the website “therealreporter” it’s on the market and could fetch in the high teens to possibly $20 million. Most likely the entire footprint will be developed into luxury condos. We shall see.

On a side note, this might be the most verbose piece of real estate writing we’ve ever read. Case in point:

Now, the same brokerage shop has been retained to peddle Amrheins in the Seaport’s southern flank, the venerable venue at 80 West Broadway suddenly more prized for its new millennium development potential than a rich and storied history dating to 1890, a legacy sufficient to have the operation deemed South Boston’s oldest bar and restaurant serving generations of Southie denizens.

Yes, they wrote “Seaport’s southern flank.” It’s Southie. Haven’t they heard the old song, “I was born down on A Street, raised up on B Street, Southie is my hometown.”

Come on!

Image via the Real Reporter

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.

Comments

  1. Tough one to see going away. Coppersmith is next up now that the building sold – even the new places are turning into ‘big-box’ condos!

  2. Amhreins hasn’t been the same since chef Rich left but I still hate to see it go. Makes me think that the 75 seat open kitchen restaurant that was acquired for that new Italian restaurant coming in is Muls. If they are selling Amhreins, why would they bother keeping Muls?

  3. It has been confirmed that the new Italian restaurant is going into the Maiden space.

  4. This is the best thing to happen to Southie in the past year. And I say that on behalf of everyone. From the sounds of it, Amrheins will stay open as is right up until groundbreaking. Then a new Amrheins will be constructed within the new development. Been saying that parcel has been a waste for years….and now it’s all coming together. Great to see!!!!

  5. This is fucking disgusting. The entire neighborhood is for sale to high-priced luxury real estate developers. Fucking gross. Boston sucks.

    • Totally agree. This isn’t Manhattan, there are way too many people living in our tiny corner of the city. This only gets worse on summer weekends when M St beach turns into the Jersey Shore. I went to the L as a kid but I don’t remember ever seeing more than 50 people on M st beach. A triple decker that might have had a total of 3 cars max in the building now has 9+.

      Improvements are always necessary in a community but way too much has been built up way too fast!

      • Maybe because those waters were riddled with human feces for decades? Now you see people willingly swimming off the beach almost on a daily basis. What a tragedy!

        • By willingly swimming off the beach you mean excessively drinking and creating an atmosphere unfit for children then yes we can finally agree on something.

  6. Totally agree with you , Brian.. Way too congested now , never mind when the greedy developrs and politicians finish!
    Some new development is good but this is overkill.. think the Bronx.