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Dec 23, 2007 08:11 PM

What was the story in Jimmy's Harborside?

Wasn't a favorite, but it was a family tradition that whenever we were all in the Boston area for a reunion we had to go there. I saw a notice that it had departed, and was wondering what the story was.

What I will never forget was that the last time we were there I saw the waiter drop my lobster on the floor and then picked it up and tried to serve it to me. He was rather indignant when I sent it back and I asked him if the manager should be called over to look at the dirt and carpet fibers. Unfortunatly from all of the good times, that is the memory that will always be on top.

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  1. LOL thats great. The memory always on top for the waiter is probally how they rinsed it off in the kitchen and brought it back to you 10 minutes later!

    1. Jimmys was good Years ago--they staerted going down hill when they were ready to close. This place will be refurbished and will be an Upscale Seafood restaurant which will be a Legal Seafood Establishment--will open in the spring 2008.

      Waiting to check it out!!
      Frankie Imbergamo

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      1. re: frankie Imbergamo

        Ah, too bad, my parents loved to go there. It probably was at its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, I had also heard it had gone downhill.

        But I'm glad to know the site will be reused as a restaurant.

        1. re: frankie Imbergamo

          Actually it won't open until 2010 - they are still tearing down the old pier. I live across the street and they are working at a snails pace...

          1. re: frankie Imbergamo

            Aww that's sad - it was my first meal in Boston haha. I just remember a lot of tour groups being dropped off there

          2. The closing is bittersweet. My father used to work there from 1969-1975 in the back of the house. I don't want to say it was their peak years but they were better back then. Jimmy's was also a trendy destination for celebs...Steve McQueen was one star I recall my dad talking about. Unfortunately, the family let it go down hill and the end was coming for a long time. I hope Roger Berkowitz makes it his flagship store. Jimbo's Fish Shanty wasn't a horrible place either...and affordable.

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            1. re: Sal Monella

              I agree with Sal, it was good in the 70's, so was Anthony's. Times and palates change, the restaurant seen and our dining habits are more sophisticated than 70's. Onward and Upward!

              1. re: Sal Monella

                Hi, Sal. My name is Ally Donnelly. I'm a reporter for NECN. We're doing a story on Jimmy's and the redevelopment in the area today. Is your father still alive? Would he be willing to talk with us on camera? Shoot me an email at if you're interested. Thanks so much!

                1. re: AllyNECN

                  Ally, be sure to post back here to say when the report is going to run on NECN (what time of day, etc.). I (and a lot of others, I'd bet) would like to see that story.

                  1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                    There's an article in today's Globe about the new Legal's (yes, with apostrophe - there goes the movement to discourage the apostrophe s's!) Harborside.The name is in honor of Jimmy's and it will be the new LS flagship place.

                    1. re: Stride

                      Just what that area needs - another Legals! Not like there is one across the street, and down the street, and...
                      We lived at Park lane for two years and kept up hope for something new and interesting, but all they managed to do was spend 16 months pulling up the docks...

              2. It is going to be the new Legal Seafoods restaurant which will be opening in 2010. It is going to be the biggest LSF so far, with nice views of the water.

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                1. re: MtVernon

                  "It is going to be the biggest LSF so far, with nice views of the water"

                  The biggest LSF ever! Same chain restaurant feel, just super sized... Is there some kind of zoning requirement in the seaport district that at least 90% of what opens must be totally devoid of uniqueness and charm. The barking crab often gets panned on this board as mediocre or worse and also a tourist trap, but at least you don't feel like you are at the Chestnut Hill Mall. I actually think Legal does a pretty good job foodwise, but do we really need another?

                  1. re: bigsnow

                    My guess is that property (especially any of a good size) is pretty darned expensive in that area. Legals is a successful chain with $ to open up new places. An independent place would find it hard to compete, cash-wise.

                    Kind of stinks, but hey...look on the bright side. At least its not an Applebees/Chilis/TGI Friday's!

                    1. re: pickledtink

                      I had heard there was a lot more than just a crumbling foundation that went into the demolition of Jimmy's, like some financial disagreements with those that make such decisions off the record. As sad as it is to see a landmark dissapear, I have to agree with Pickle, at least its not another chain of that level. LTK at Park Lane is one of my favorite places to grab a drink and a good meal and watch the, not always best food or service, but its pretty good. I am excited that the new Legal's will be both a restaurant and a fresh fish market. While Yankee and Hook have been around forever, they use their locations to charge way too much for fish that is not always all that great, at least not in selection. I think a big name fish market could really draw me back to Seaport!