Boston Restaurant Discussion: April 2022

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[Ed note: This article was updated on April 20 to reflect new information given on the restaurant that plans to move into the space.]

An upscale restaurant in Fort Point has closed after being in business for just over five years.

According to a message sent by local restaurant critic and food and drink writer MC Slim JB, Oak + Rowan on A Street is no longer in business, with an Instagram post from owner Nancy Caswell saying the following :

It is with great sadness that I announce the sale of Oak and Rowan. We all cry when we lose one of our favorite restaurants because they give us so much more than food. They also nourish our soul, and when they left, part of the soul of the neighborhoods they resided in also left… I want to thank all the wonderful guests and employees for supporting us. We’ve hosted hundreds of thousands of guests and employed some amazing people over those years. I am extremely honored that so many people have embraced our restaurant and that this incredible community has allowed us to grow and succeed for as long as we have.

In the post, Caswell wishes “good luck to the new owner”, which indicates that a new restaurant will open in the space, although no details have yet been given.

Nancy Caswell and the Caswell Restaurant Group are also behind Brine in Newburyport.

The address for the now closed Oak + Rowan was 321 A Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

(Editor’s note: This story was first reported by Eater Boston.)

[April 20 update: A licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website mentions that Fort Point Tavern plans to open in the former Oak + Rowan space, with the manager listed being William Falaro of the Broadway Restaurant Group (Lincoln Tavern, Loco Taqueria, Capo, Fat Baby, Hunter’s Kitchen). The hearing notice also seems to hint that a second restaurant–or restaurant space–may be part of the plans as well, though more should be known on April 27 when the hearing is slated to take place.]

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