Dorchester to lose another iconic restaurant

The Boston Globe | By Adam Vaccaro
January 5, 2017

Add the Freeport Tavern to the list of Dorchester restaurants yielding to the changing face of the city’s biggest neighborhood.

The eatery is closing later this month after operating on Morrissey Boulevard through two sets of owners dating back to the 1960s.

“It was a bittersweet decision for the family,” said Lori Moretti, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, which is better known among longtime patrons by its old name, Phillips Old Colony House. “They came to the decision that they wanted to seek alternative uses for that site.”

The site of the restaurant and function hall will be redeveloped, but there are no plans yet for what it will become, Moretti said. The family that owns the property will soon hire a commercial broker and could consider selling it or leasing it.

The Dorchester restaurant scene has been changing over the past few years, with stalwarts such as Gerard’s Restaurant and Sonny’s Pub closing. Several new eateries — including Dorsett Hall, Lucy’s American Tavern, and Landmark Public House — have opened as an influx of younger people move into the neighborhood.

Redevelopment of the Freeport Tavern site would be just the latest project reshaping Dorchester. Between Fields Corner and Savin Hill, the proposed “DotBlock” development, with 362 housing units and ground-floor retail, could break ground this year. The South Bay Shopping Center is also poised for a mixed-use expansion.

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