“The Kenmore” Will Open This Fall in the Former Lower Depths Tap Room

It's the latest for the owner of the Last Drop, the Westland, and more Boston and Allston/Brighton neighborhood bars.

The Kenmore Square basement bar formerly home to the Lower Depths Tap Room is becoming "The Kenmore" this fall

The Kenmore Square basement bar formerly home to the Lower Depths Tap Room is becoming “The Kenmore” this fall. / Photo courtesy of the Lower Depths

UPDATE, October 21: The Kenmore is now open, serving up a $5 Pat LaFrieda burger, loaded hot dogs, in homage to its predecessor Lower Depths; and more elevated tavern fare, accompanied by craft beer and wine. Service began on Friday, starting with dinner at 4 p.m. The Kenmore plans to be a late-night go-to, and  weekend brunch is in the future, too.


A proprietor of eight neighborhood bars is taking over a prime piece of Kenmore Square and opening a new establishment that pays homage to the legendary location. The Kenmore is headed for the former Lower Depths Tap Room, as the latest casual restaurant and bar for Doug Bacon, who owns the Westland near Symphony Hall, the Corner Tavern on Mass. Ave., and several spots in Allston/Brighton, including White Horse Tavern and Hopewell.

“Kenmore Square is a great neighborhood, and I’m looking forward to opening and getting started and meeting the neighborhood residents,” Bacon told the Boston Business Journal.

The new owners are slated for a September 11 hearing with the City of Boston, and pending requisite approvals, Bacon said the Kenmore could open by the end of September. His vision for the new restaurant is a “comfortable and casual location,” with affordable prices and food available nightly until last call. The Kenmore will also accept credit cards, which is something the Lower Depths never did.

The BBJ first reported in July that Bacon’s Red Paint Hospitality Group had taken over the Comm. Ave. basement bar from Lower Depths operators, Wilcox Hospitality Group and chef Brian Poe. The Lower Depths closed in late June, a couple years after trading in a beloved tots-and-hot dogs-focused comfort food menu for “Poe’s Taco Cielo.”

The Lower Depths had been around since 2006, and was one of Boston’s best beer bars throughout its lifespan. The subterranean spot, in student territory and prime for pre- and post-gaming Fenway/Kenmore events, was also once home to the beloved late-night diner of the 1990s, Deli Haus.

The Kemore, coming to 476 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, in fall 2019.