The Days Are Numbered for the Cornerstone Pub in South Boston

Owners of the pub and restaurant have filed plans to build 47 residential units on the site.

Photo by John A. Keith

Photo by John A. Keith

The owners of the Cornerstone Pub & Restaurant, located at 14 West Broadway, filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Monday informing the agency of its plans to tear down the restaurant and bar and replace it with a mixed-use development with “at least” 47 residential units, commercial space for offices, retail, and a ground-floor restaurant, and what the developer calls 70 “accessory” garage parking spaces.

The Cornerstone is located across from the MBTA’s Broadway Red Line station, near the start of South Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. It opened as the Broadway Tunnel Cafe in 1939. Thomas Flaherty, Sr. and John “Dudy” Flaherty renamed it the Cornerstone when they bought it in 1979.

Thomas Flaherty Sr. and his son, manager Tommy Flaherty Jr., made news earlier this year when they announced they would cease serving Sam Adams’ beers over the the Boston Beer Company’s decision to drop its sponsorship of the parade after Club Cafe ceased serving Sam Adams’ beers due to its sponsorship of the parade, claiming the company wasn’t supporting veterans. (Flaherty, Sr. is an Army veteran, and co-owner John “Dudy” Flaherty was in the U.S. Navy, according to South Boston Today.)

Meanwhile, the rest of that stretch of West Broadway is a flurry of activity. Last year, Tim Pappas, developer of South Boston’s Macallen Building and Court Square Press condominiums, proposed a 12-story, 156-room hotel for the parking lot at 6 West Broadway. Meanwhile, there is a six-story, 31-unit apartment building going up at 22-26 West Broadway, next door to the Cornerstone, and the building at 28-30 West Broadway is currently listed for sale.

The Letter of Intent claims the developer has had “positive initial meetings” with the St Vincent/Lower End and West Broadway neighborhood associations. Whether or not the rest of the South Boston neighborhood will be as enthusiastic about losing (another) local watering hole-and to more residential housing, yet again-is an open question.

The next step in the approval process is for the developer to file a Project Notification Form with the BRA, outlining the specifics of its proposal.

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  • DocHowie

    Just what that area needs. More overpriced condo’s, more traffic, more headaches.

    • Sandboxes I

      No kidding! Grrrr

  • James Madden

    Only 47 homes and 70! parking spaces across from the Broadway T, on 3 bus lines, and a 15-25 minute walk from most of the jobs in Downtown and Back Bay? Exhibit N of why Boston is more small town than “world class.”

  • Sandboxes I

    We need more parking! This is rediculous. They should pass a law that says you have to live in this neighborhood if you want to develop here. Seriously. They’d be putting up parking spots all over the place if they actually experienced what it’s like to get around this neighborhood.

  • Loggy Ryan

    me my girl and a friend painted the outside like that a few years back. i must say it looks good. development is unfortunately how this world rotates. ill miss the place. with everything going on in that area it was only a matter of time before that spot would be on the chopping block. like my cousins shop. South Boston Tire. The old neighborhood is disappearing quite fast in front of our eyes. its like watch the game sim city in real life. well in any case come down this halloween and join us for a grand party. live bands and costume contest.