Restaurant News

The Back Bay’s B3 will Close for Good This Week

The restaurant and venue on the Berklee College of Music campus shuts the doors after just more than a year and a half.


The private dining room at B3

The private dining room at B3. / Photo provided

B3 is bowing out. After more than a year of operation and some identity changes, the restaurant formerly known as Back Bay Beats will close for good after service on Thursday, Nov. 8.

“We are grateful to all of our guests, musicians, and staff members who have supported us,” says a representative for B3 owner Duck & Chicken Group, which is also behind Harvard Square’s Night Market and Parsnip restaurants. The company declined to share any additional information or reason for the closure.

Back Bay Beats opened on the Berklee College of Music campus in March 2017, as a Southern-inspired restaurant and venue to showcase the talents of the community around it.

It quickly shed its full name in favor of B3, and at some point started identifying more as a “neighborhood destination” than a globally-inspired but Southern-rooted small-plates restaurant. It continued to serve things like a pimento cheeseburger, peel-and-eat shrimp with Old Bay butter, and spicy fried chicken, but has added a Seoul Bowl farro salad, stuffed grilled sea bream with a soy-garlic vinegar sauce, and a whole-grilled avocado with lemony dressing and Tellicherry peppercorns.

B3 hosted live music nightly, and during Sunday brunch. Performances by vocalist Isabella Ramos tonight, and trumpeter John Michael Bradford on Thursday will close out the restaurant and venue’s run in Boston.

160 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-997-0211, b3restaurant.com.