Restaurant Closings

It Appears Tremont 647 Will Close This Spring

After 21 years in the South End, Andy Husbands' original restaurant and bar is poised for big changes.

Tremont 647

Tremont 647. / Boston Magazine file photo

UPDATE, 10 a.m.: The plot thickens. The Boston Globe reports Tim Maslow plans to open a Japanese bistro in the South End, his project with prolific restaurateur Brian Lesser that Boston magazine first reported on back in September. Lesser is a business partner of Andy Husbands’, among other well-known chefs. An unnamed source told the Globe’s Devra First it’s headed for the Tremont 647 space.

Maslow, of course, is the wunderkind chef who left David Chang’s Momofuku empire to revamp his father’s Watertown lunch spot, Strip-T’s, into something of an irreverent Japanese izakaya, then opened the short-lived but beloved Ribelle.

“I’ve grown up in the last few years,” Maslow told the Globe. “We’re going to be humble… I’m super-excited to get a second chance at this.”

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The South End rumor mill was hot last night: BosGuy is reporting that the staff at Tremont 647 and its adjacent bar, Sister Sorel, were told “both restaurants will close permanently on April 1 with plans to reopen as a Japanese bistro at a later date.”

Apparently, chef and owner Andy Husbands also told the Pilot Block Neighborhood Association, the South End’s oldest community association. Boston Restaurant Talk also confirmed it with two unnamed sources, “including one in the restaurant industry.”

Tremont 647 opened in 1996, when Husbands was just 26 years old. It has become a neighborhood establishment with approachable, creative, comfort food and well-made drinks, and as host to numerous charities like the annual Cooking Matters dinner, other events like the Tapas Challenge and art shows, Taco Tuesdays and more recently, Mondays; a weekly Pajama Brunch, and more.

Husbands is a prolific cookbook author, and has also opened two locations of the Smoke Shop BBQ, with a third on the way to Assembly Square.

We have reached out to Husbands and will definitely keep you informed with more information, though here’s what he’s said about it thus far.

647 Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-4600, tremont647.com.

Andy Husbands. / PHOTOGRAPH BY TOAN TRINH for “Right On Cue