Southie mainstay Local 149 will be closed indefinitely after a burst pipe flooded the restaurant last Friday, January 29. According to Henry Pariseau, chief operating officer at Local 149’s management company, the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, a sprinkler pipe in the apartment above the restaurant burst Friday night around 1 a.m., leaking for three hours and filling both floors of the building with water.
Now, Pariseau said, management is in the process of drying and dehumidifying the restaurant before they can gauge the damage and get the business back up and running. Inspectional services has temporarily shut down the building to ensure that it’s safe and inhabitable, he said.
"Once it's dried out, we’ll assess if we need to take down our beautiful antique ceiling and see if we have to rip the whole place apart," Pariseau said.
For now, Local 149 management, staff, and customers will just have to wait it out, he said, and the repairs could take up to several weeks or longer. In the meantime, Local 149 fans have something to look forward to: the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Article 24 is slated to open on St. Patrick’s Day weekend at 458 Western Ave. in Brighton, the former home of The Boyne.
The restaurant group is also behind The Biltmore Bar & Grille in Newton and Biltmore & Main in Reading.