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Nov 27, 2010 07:37 PM

Help with the name of a closed restaurant.

Ok..I have very little to go on but my grandfather, who is dealing with altzheimer was talking fondly of a restaurant he use to go to over in Winthrop Square in downtown back in the 70's he believes and all he can tell me about it was that it had a "lobster tank" in the foyer. He was struggling trying to remember and thought it would be nice to find the name for him...anyone able to recall? It is well before my time. (I am going to assume the place is now closed) Thanks so much!

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  1. It's a bit before my tme too. Mmy addy is is on my profile.

    I'd suggest appx addy, type of restaurant. Any nearby tavens?

    Idon't know many people in Winththrop; but they'be econtepoaries of your grandfather's

    Apoloigie becauae my keyboad is failing


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    1. re: 9lives

      The Winthrop Square the OP is referencing is in the Financial District: I can't say I remember anything around those blocks from olden days.

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I missed the SQ part..thought he meant Winthrop..:)

        Schroeder's could fit..was in the space now occupied by Radius..don't recall lobster tanks but it was a long time ago..

        Brandy Pete's was on Broad St til the late 70s/early 80s..again, don't recall lobster tanks.

        Dini's on Tremont, close to the Suffolk Law School, had lobster tanks ; but is a little away from the Winthrop SQ area.

        Brandy Pete's
        267 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110

        Tremont Cafe
        418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

      2. re: 9lives

        It wasn't quite in Winthrop Square, but Schroeder's was close, and was that kind of place.

        1. re: Alcachofa

          I thought of Schroeder's; it was in the spot now occupied by Radius, several long blocks from Winthrop Square. But it did German food in a fine-dining setting: lobsters would be kind of odd there. But it was an expense-account kind of place, so maybe.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            i thought schroeder's was at 21 broad st.?

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              I think Schroeder's started out on Broad Street but they definitely were in the Radius spot when they closed. I also think sulo is right and Warmuths Portside is the place Kodial604's grandfather is thinking of.

      3. Could it have been Warmouths?

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        1. re: sulo

          Not sure if Dini's had a lobster tank in the foyer (I was only there once) but is was a seafood restaurant & close to Winthrop Square. They were known for their baked scrod, which is what I had & it was good (THAT I do remember).

          1. re: southie_chick

            Dini's may well be it! All the old folks remember it fondly - a Boston institution. Some old photos here:

            It only actually closed in 1990 but it's heyday was the times of my late-80s parents (and even older folks).

            1. re: mmocpi

              Dini's is the only restaurant I remember having a lobster tank in the lobby (I worked in that area for a couple of years), and you're right; not too far from W.S. That's got to be it. They had great Cape Scallops.

              1. re: CocoDan

                Warmuth's was in Winthrop Square. My Mom use to bring us there. Ask your Dad if he recalls anything else - specifically an incredible prune muffin. The place was an incredible treat to be taken to. Now that I think about it, it was closed by the early 70's.
                Perhaps it was Dini's which was open until the late 90's(?) .

            2. re: southie_chick

              Dini's Sea Grille was nowhere near Winthrop Square. It was on Tremont between Park Street and Govt Center Station. It was an infamous haunt for pols from the State House.

              The new Suffolk law School building is on their site, I think.

          2. Could it be Joseph's Aquarium Restaurant? It used to be at 200 High St.

            Wonder if the OP ever found out...

            ETA: Great link to all the Boston and environs closed restaurants for all the nostalgerati...


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            1. re: Gio

              Lordy, that's a blast from the past .... More likely, IMO

              1. re: C. Hamster

                Yeah well.. I am a blast...LOL There was another restaurant down there that I recall but unfortunately not the name. I think it was a man's name. Quite a nice place and good food too...

            2. Although this is an old thread revived (and we might never know if the OP was able to resolve this w/their father), I was wondering about the old Marliave - then I figured that's not WInthrop Square... but I have a few fond memories of that restaurant back in the day (baked stuff lobster w/a dear friend). Found an interesting article about three sisters who would travel to Filene's & eat at the old Marliave every week:

              ...and an update from a year later:

              I loved that restaurant & enjoyed reading this.

              1. Even thought it was not in Winthrop Square, the first place I thought of was Dini's. Maybe he is mixining up location.

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                1. re: pemma

                  I was thinking the same thing - with Alzheimer's, it's possible he got the location mixed up.

                  1. re: threedogs

                    Dini's was on Tremont st steps from the state house

                    Still betting that it was Joseph 's Aquarium.