The Metropolitan Club will close at the end of its 10-year lease in Chestnut Hill on June 28, according to a statement posted on Facebook by owner Kathy Sidell. It was the first restaurant to open in Sidell's group, which now includes five ventures. In October, the group will open a new restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland, the first step of an expansion "across the country with a major mall owner."
"On the heels of making our expansion deal and with our ten year lease expiring this summer in Chestnut Hill, we started to reevaluate our opportunity there," writes Sidell. "It was exceedingly difficult for me to quell my emotional attachment to the space, the neighborhood and our guests. We bantered around many possibilities, renovating the whole space, just keeping the bar, staying in our offices and keeping the commissary. In any iteration, the space would have required a major investment. In the end, we were not able to come to acceptable terms with the landlord. As a business woman, I had to make the most sound decision for the company and that was to let go and to move forward. The decision is indeed bittersweet."
Customers have a month left to visit the Chestnut Hill location — and there are still a couple weeks to get in on soft-shell crab specials. Locations in Back Bay, Dedham, Natick, and Nantucket will remain open.
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