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Mar 18, 2009 04:54 PM

Trina's Starlight Lounge to replace the Abbey

From the Globe's Dishing blog:

"Trina's Starlite Lounge: That's what the former Abbey Lounge will become. In the summer, owners Josh Childs and Trina and Beau Sturm will open a space inspired by the '40s and '50s, serving affordable, Southern-influenced food and cocktails.

The Inman Square lounge comes with an affordable-bar pedigree: Childs is co-owner of Silvertone, and Trina and Beau Sturm are involved with City Bar and Highland Kitchen, respectively."

That sounds damned promising!

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  1. Who knew Cambridge would become a go-to spot for Southern cuisine.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      I think the Southern Democrats have been squatting on former NASA land in East Cambridge since LBJ.... Magnolia's, Jake and Earls RIP, Hungry Mother, now Trina's and what else have been within a mile of JFK's NASA project and can be accessed w/o going near Harvard yard. Porterhouse Cafe must have been a decoy since was across town.

      1. re: itaunas

        Let's not forget the Cajun Yankee

    2. Oh, so that's where this place is going. I was assuming it would go where Magnolia's was (but as they say, never assume).

      1. Yet another incarnation of the old local! I grew up a block from there. Back then (1950s - '60s) it was the Abbeyfeale Cafe, a real old-time Irish dive bar. Impressive that it's stayed a boozerie of one sort or another all these years.

        And a bit sad that for the first time in the better part of a century (maybe even longer - who knows?) it's not going to have "Abbey" in its name any more.

        1. Edit: Wow! I just googled the Abbeyfeale for the heck of it and found this photo taken there in 1974.

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          1. re: BobB

            That photo is amazing! You can practically smell the 'Gansett, Lucky Strike non-filters, and Brylcream.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              It was taken by a pro named Jerry Berndt, and appears on this site along with other great old Boston shots.

              1. re: BobB

                Great photo indeed! I know the owners and just forwarded it to them in hopes that they include it in the decor!!

                  1. re: BobB

                    I don't know why that particular image doesn't have a copyright mark on it at the website linked above - it does here:
                    There's also contact information there to purchase a copy of the photo. There are other great photos from the Abbeyfeale, and some nice ones from The Littlest Bar as well.

                    1. re: Allstonian

                      It doens't need to have a copyright mark on it to be protected by a copyright.

                      1. re: Allstonian

                        The Blue Sands! Fond memories of my misspent youth. His photos are great.

            2. This is great news! They are taking the space next door (formerly a wine bar) as well, I assume?

              I live right down the street, so I will have to keep tabs on their progress. Speaking of progress, the "new" Kirkland should be opening soon....

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              1. re: pickledtink

                Wait, really? I walk by the Kirkland Cafe every day and haven't seen anyone working on it in probably over a year? Many many many months in any case.

                I love this idea of the Starlight Lounge! Welcome!