Darryl’s Bar & Kitchen is closing at the end of the year

Find out why this local favorite is shutting its doors.

JQ Louise
Tanya Edwards
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Tanya Edwards
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It’s time to say goodbye to Darryl’s Bar & Kitchen as we know it, but don’t worry, something new is brewing!

In an announcement on their social media page on Monday, the team at Darryl’s Bar & Kitchen shared that they will be temporarily closing their South Boston/Roxbury restaurant on January 1. They wrote, in an image posted on Instagram, “For over 65 years, we’ve shared in the joys, triumphs and milestones of hundreds of thousands of guests. We’ve been a place where stories were told, friendships were forged and history was made.”

Why is the historic Darryl’s closing?

The multi-slide post shared some more context, explaining that they are “taking a brief hiatus to breathe some new life into our establishment.”

The post continued, “Now it’s time to bid farewell to the restaurant as we know it. Starting January 1, we will be temporarily closing our doors for an exciting period of rebranding and expansion. While we are committed to preserving the traditions that defined us, we are also excited to embrace the opportunities to evolve.”

What is happening at the old Darryl’s location?

Big changes! Owner Nia Grace, who also runs Seaport hotspot Grace by Nia, told Eater that the new restaurant will no longer be called Darryl’s, but “will have the same soul.” 

The restaurant will still serve Southern style food, but the menu will be more focused on “small, shareable bites” and they’ll be focusing on a new cocktail program. 

When is the opening date? 

Grace is not ready to commit to a reopening date. 

“We want this transition to happen as quick as possible, but we’re committed to taking whatever time is necessary to get it right,” she told Eater.

A sincere thank you from Darryl’s

The restaurant’s team shared a thank you in the post as well, writing, “We wanted to share our deepest gratitude to our loyal customers, our dedicated staff and the entire community for your unwavering support throughout the years.”

Regulars and fans weighed in via comments on the post, expressing shock but also grateful the restaurant will return in some form. 

“I legit almost had a heart attack,” wrote one commenter.

“I feel so lucky to have experienced the eras of Darryl’s. I can’t wait for the next chapter!,” wrote local influencer Claudiane, aka Nail the Cocktail.

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