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Anthem Closed

takeoutgirl Sep 5, 2007 09:16 AM

Restaurant windows covered and website says they have sold the business. Sign on restaurant mentions a new place called Johnny's something or other. Anyone hear anything?

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    twentyoystahs RE: takeoutgirl Sep 5, 2007 09:45 AM

    News to me, although I'm really not all that surprised. It's a large space and was never busy when I was in the area (except on event/game nights at the Garden..and even then, not that busy)

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    1. re: twentyoystahs
      hotoynoodle RE: twentyoystahs Sep 6, 2007 09:07 AM

      even then not so busy. the fact that the celtics and bruins rarely sell out anymore must really hurt businesses down there. anthem was not a good fit for that area anyway.

      i had known it was going to close, but didn't think it would be missed.

    2. hiddenboston RE: takeoutgirl Sep 5, 2007 09:55 AM

      I believe they closed about a week ago (give or take). Not entirely sure what is going in there...

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        Bostonbob3 RE: takeoutgirl Sep 6, 2007 08:17 AM

        Hmm. Considering I work an entire block from there, I'm surprised I didn't notice this.

        The food there was okay, actually. The Cubano was pretty good, as was the meatloaf.

        I'll check out the sign at lunch and report back.

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          Bostonbob3 RE: Bostonbob3 Sep 6, 2007 10:46 AM

          Here's what the sign said:

          We'll reopen in the fall as "Johnny On The Side."

          In the meantime, please join us at The Harp to sample our Anthem-inspired menu.

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            hiddenboston RE: Bostonbob3 Sep 19, 2007 01:07 PM

            Welp, according to Zagat Buzz, Jonnies on the Side is going to be a restaurant with a "sports-entertainment concept," whatever that means. Maybe it's going to be a sports bar? If so, that'll be nice, as that neighborhood is sorely lacking in those types of places. ;-b

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              Bostonbob3 RE: hiddenboston Sep 19, 2007 01:13 PM

              Since it seems to be at least temporarily associated with The Harp, I'd guess, "sports entertainmernt concept" pretty much means Harp 2. Hopefully not, but we'll see.

              And as Marc mentioned, that area has absolutely no sports bars, so it's badly needed. :))

        2. kobuta RE: takeoutgirl Sep 6, 2007 10:54 AM

          I mourn for their fried twinkie. Dinner otherwise was only ok, but the fried twinkie was incredible.

          1. jsjs09812 RE: takeoutgirl Sep 6, 2007 02:12 PM

            I had a really good tuna noodle casserole there once. No, really. And chalk it up to another opportunity missed - I had planned many times to go for the fried Twinkie and never did. Any other place in Boston I can find one if I choose to clog my arteries in such a deliciously sweet fashion?

            1. MC Slim JB RE: takeoutgirl Sep 6, 2007 02:21 PM

              I guess the food at Anthem wasn't terrible, but the bartending usually was, which annoyed me at a place that styled itself a cocktail bar.

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                marthayou RE: MC Slim JB Sep 19, 2007 02:09 PM

                Yes all the same group. Harp, shea's, etc are all owned by the same people. Anthem made the choice back in Feb that they would sell the location. They couldnt book private events, they barely got sports fans, only family sports fans, great for biz lunches and dinners, but that is about it.

                They tried to amp up the nightlife and bring in DJ's downstairs and all. but it never worked.

                Bummer, I will miss the fried twinkies, the pretty room, an upscale place near north station and I always liked the clip board menu.

              2. sailormouth RE: takeoutgirl Sep 19, 2007 03:21 PM

                Weren't they the first to go non-smoking? I remember walking in there one night and it took me about 3 times to understand what the problem with my lit cigarette was.

                Then I ordered a drink, sat there for two minutes and wondered why I bothered going there in the first place.

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                  TheScribe RE: sailormouth Sep 20, 2007 08:09 AM

                  Oh, darn. I meant to go there for the fried Twinkie.

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