Hamersley’s Bistro to Close After 27 Years

The venerable Gordon Hamersley wants to focus on mentoring and writing a book.

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Perhaps the biggest name in the Boston culinary scene, Gordon Hamersley, is calling it quits. The Boston Globe’s Devra First broke the news that the James Beard Award winning chef and his wife Fiona will close Hamersley’s Bistro at the end of October. First launched in 1987, Hamersley’s Bistro has been a constant presence in the South End, known for its exemplary service, Hamersley’s famous roast chicken (a favorite of Julia Child), and the two owners’ benevolence in the community.

Hamersley tells First that he wants to leave the kitchen to focus on his follow-up book to Bistro Cooking at Home and to continue mentoring young chefs around Boston. An undisclosed new owner has already claimed the space and license, and will renovate and re-open a new concept at the beginning of 2015.

553 Tremont St., Boston; 617-423-2700 or hamerselysbistro.com.