Bob's Southern Bistro to Close
Just got word that Bob's Southern Bistro is closing down and will be replaced by an upscale restaurant and lounge. More info is on my blog, as well as in the Globe and Herald today...
I've had the pleasure of meeting Darryl Settles a few times at the Beehive. In his words, running two places (even with partners at the Beehive) is a real stretch on time. He also is a new dad (he has a baby), which has to be tough.
I found Bob's to be a fun place because of the vibe (other than Bob's, I can't think of another place in the city that is a melting pot where you find young & old; black, white, latino; high income and low income; etc.), the music and the reasonable prices. While the food was not stellar, the staples (fried chicken, catfish,cornbread) did the trick for me.
All in all, Bob's will be missed, if only for the void it leaves behind.
re: MC Slim JB
You know, you guys are right. I was all, "but it's all about the food." But then I re-read my blog article about Tim's closing and realized that was the least of what angered me. I called it, "the unlikely mix of blue collar and diamond necklace" that makes Boston so great.
Okay, so the food at Bob's wasn't great. But the mix of people there WAS.
re: Bob MacAdoo
Where are other melting pot places in the Boston area, with good chow? Sort of feel like Eastie is more likely than mainland Boston these days...
On that topic: Stopped in to the Brazilian bakery at McGrath and Pearl in E. Somerville - Sweet Brazil - the very nice lady behind the counter with worry lines after I said hello...
"Oh, I don't speak English...I get nervous when Americans come in..."
I said with a wink, "Don't worry, I am nervous too."
Got a yummy bun filled with dulce de leche and a vanilla custard tart.
Persoanlly, I thought the place started to go downhill when they "upscaled" it from Bob the Chef's.
Still, it's sad that he couldn't find anyone to take it over and run it as a southern place.
Article in the globe reported that it is going to become a "lounge, catering to students and young professionals"
great! just what we need, another lounge. Even if the food was not the best, it was still somewhere you could go for something a little different.
I give the new owner less than a year.
Bob's is one of the few places to survive on that side of Mass Ave. I wouldn't hold out much hope for a lounge over there... I don't know what it is about Mass Ave, but it's very hard to get a business going on that portion of the city.
I'll miss Bob's. They have some solid mac n cheese, and who doesn't like chicken and waffles on a weekend morning? I used to get takeout there from time to time, and along with the food you'd always get an interesting experience... meet someone you normally wouldn't have met, just while waiting in line.
Sad to see it go, but all good things must come to an end.
This is sad. I went plenty when it was Bob the Chef's. I took my Alabama born dad there for Father's Day once and the guy who managed the place (can't recall his name) ended up being an Alabama native, too. They sat and talked about the greens their moms used to pick that they've never been able to identify, but they grew up eating.
I went back for my birthday months later with friends--he remembered me, had the band play Happy Birthday, and comped my dinner. I thought that was pretty cool. And I loved the peach cobbler and mac & cheese.