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End of an (Ancient) Era: South End's Medieval Manor Is Closing

The entertainment-dining experience is shutting down at the end of the year.

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Bid a final farewell to the feasts and flagons of yore: The iconic Medieval Manor in Boston's South End is closing after decades of serving up Middle Ages comedy to the masses, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. The vaudeville-esque dinner theater restaurant that delivered slapstick humor, utensil-free dining, flagons of beer, and carafes of wine to guests will close its doors at the end of the year.

Its New Year's Eve show will likely be its last time entertaining with its "bawdy but light hearted" fun and six-course dinners eaten entirely without forks and knives. Medieval Manor has been a popular location for birthday parties, company outings, bachelorette parties, and more.

The restaurant reportedly sent an email announcing the news, saying: "After 42 years and nearly 13,000 performances we will be closing our doors this December...Thank you for fooling around during dinner. We will miss you very much."

According to the Boston Globe, Medieval Manor's owner Don Akin is shutting down the restaurant because the business is losing money.

Medieval Manor has been in its current location since 1982, according to Boston Magazine, but it debuted nine years earlier in the basement of the Eliot Hotel in Back Bay.