You will be missed.
Today the Cornerstone Pub was officially torn down to make room for a new building. With the ever changing landscape of South Boston, especially the area of Broadway Station, it should should be no surprise that the owners of the Cornerstone Pub – located at 16 West Broadway – decided to sell. West Broadway has been transformed in the past few years into an area of multi-million dollars condos, yoga and cycle studios, trendy restaurants and even a Starbucks. A new boutique hotel is also on the horizon.
The Cornerstone celebrated its last night in business on Saturday, April 18th at 7pm with a blowout bash with a DJ, dancing and performer Al Crest will be singing some tunes too.
The Cornerstone was owned by Southie resident and retired firefighter Tommy Flaherty, Sr. It opened in 1939 as the Broadway Tunnel Cafe and was then renamed in 1979 after Tommy Flaherty took it over.
“What will really make me happy is to see my father be able to truly relax after 38 years of running this 24 hour a day business. It seemed like he was always on duty down there. What I think I’ll miss most is some of the great people, especially our staff, who have passed through over the years. I think the history of The Cornerstone and its employees and customers really are a big part of what the real Southie is all about,” said Tommy Flaherty, Jr.
Many a “time” and political fundraiser have been held at the Cornerstone and the Cornerstone was….well…a cornerstone in the neighborhood. Along with other local landmarks like the Quencher Tavern, Liberty Bell, the big red house on East Broadway, the Cornerstone disappering is a sign of the times for a new gentrified South Boston.
We will miss you Cornerstone!
Image via @Matthewcool on twitter -thanks Matt!