SoulFire in Allston Will Shutter for Good

The Harvard Ave. storefront will reportedly become another Korean restaurant.

SoulFire Allston / IMG_8027 by abbyladybug on Flickr / Creative Commons

SoulFire Allston / IMG_8027 by abbyladybug on Flickr / Creative Commons

This weekend, Harvard Ave. is losing a little soul. SoulFire plans to close after service on Friday, Vanyaland reports.

For the past decade, the barbecue joint has been an alternative in a neighborhood known mainly for Asian restaurants, thrift stores, and rock clubs. Vanyaland’s sources say the storefront has changed hands, and the new owners plan to add to the Korean cuisine landscape.

SoulFire smokes brisket, ribs, pork, and chicken, and is also known for fried chicken, sweet cornbread, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, all-you-can-eat chicken wings on Monday nights, and more Southern comforts. A lineup of house-made barbecue sauces range from sweet to tangy to fiery.

Beyond the barbecue, SoulFire was an Allston original with a signature, funky playlist, curated by owner Wyeth Lynch, and red walls bedecked in album covers, concert photography, and hand-painted portraits of soul icons.

“I really appreciate the loyalty and support we’ve had over the years,” Lynch says, specifically shouting out to his employees. The newlywed will focus on his family for the time being, he says.

Boston Restaurant Talk recently reported the closure of the Mission Hill outpost, which had opened in 2012. In Allston, it will be business as usual until the lights go down for the final time on Friday.

182 Harvard Ave., Allston, 617-787-3003,