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Nov 24, 2007 12:55 PM


Noticed that they were closing. I'll miss their glorified chicken. Does anyone know what's going into the space? Was it sold or just shut down for good?

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    1. Charles Pierce wrote a scathing piece on the closing of Bob's yesterday. One quote was: "The one thing the city does not need is....another place to kick off the Pradas while you get sockless on cosmos and plot to steal the office with the window downtown." While I don't feel quite as enraged as Pierce about this, I do think it's sad that another piece of old Boston is being replaced by something that sounds like it has been done before, again and again and again, over the past few years in Boston. I'm not sure this town needs yet another upscale restaurant and lounge, but maybe I'm wrong. I guess we'll find out soon enough...

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        I went down to Bob's last night and got take out. One last piece of Glorified chicken with some Mac n' Cheese. So sad to see this place go, but I think the writing has been on the wall since it changed from Bob the Chef's to Bob's Southern Bistro.

        I just got takeout last night, but the sound of jazz in the dining room was enticing. The band sounded fantastic!

        1. re: hiddenboston

          Who's to blame? "We have met the enemy and he is us."

          Charlie Pierce is on a nostalgia trip - I wonder when was the last time he had eaten at Bob's?

          Based on the posts from the other thread, the food was no longer that good to many...and that communal vibe that Pierce longs for probably was long gone. If the prior place had been profitable, it would have remained open.


          Is it yuppie scum who only have a taste for fancy cocktails and foie gras? Is it what the people want? Are they wrong for wanting it?

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Pierce is a dolt. I can;t believe it, but he actually made me feel bad for the guy he ripped. That dude hasn't opened his place and he's been savaged by an over the hill yesteryear man whose prose has seen much, much better days. Oy.

            As for Bob's, RIP. Fifty years is a great run for any place. Let alone a soul food joint in a vanilla city.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              Definitely some interesting points, Bob(s!). I love--and miss--many of the old Boston places, too, but it does seem like Pierce was writing with so much anger that he may have turned off even people who agree with him. Also, I wasn't crazy about Bob's when I went a couple of years ago, so even though I'm a bit sad about another piece of Boston disappearing, it's not quite as sad to me as losing, say, the European in Boston or the Acropolis in Cambridge years ago.

              As to the place that will be taking over Bob's, I guess the market will decide if we need another upscale restaurant and lounge. If the place does well, more power to them. Personally, I don't care much for trendy, upscale spots (though if the food is special, I'll definitely check them out), but there are plenty of other "old Boston" places around, such as Santarpio's, Doyle's, Jacob Wirth, Regina's, etc. And with Mrs. Jones opening in Dorchester and a handful of Southern-style restaurants in Roxbury and Mattapan, there are some options for soul food in the area.

          2. On the site, it says he is still going to have his catering business which offers the same items that were on the restaurant menu.

            1. as a former Southerner who loves, even craves, fried chicken and soul food, i must say that i've never been impressed by Bob's in the 9 years that i've lived in Boston, and haven't even been there in ages. It's always seemed to be a shadow of what it aspired to be. It's sad to see any independent business close, but really... there must be many more who share my opinion, or else it would have stayed open.