A month after the Red Sox announced a longtime bar in the Fenway area would shut down after a man was shot and killed outside the establishment, it seems a new place will be taking over. Who's on First petitioned Boston's licensing board to change the name of the bar to The Bullpen, according to Boston Restaurant Talk.
The licensing board page indicates that Who's on First, Inc., the entity behind the bar, has retained the common victualler 7-day all-alcohol license license. The Boston Herald reported that the person behind Who's on First, Robert Paratore, is still associated with the bar and with the efforts to change its name.
There are no other specifics available on the application, so it's not known what other changes will be made. The Red Sox, who control the lease for the bar, pushed for the closure of Who's on First, which has been involved in some public safety concerns since 2001, including assaults, shootings, and stabbings both in and outside the bar, according to The Boston Globe.
Any further details on changes to Who's on First will be provided as updates are made available.
UPDATE, 3/9: Universal Hub is reporting that Who's on First plans to transform its space into a family friendly restaurant with tables and booths. Boston's licensing board will vote to approve the change tomorrow.
Paratore's lawyer, Jack Diamond, said the Red Sox approved the change and are negotiating a new lease for the restaurant, which will no longer serve as a night-life venue. Goodbye, dance floor; hello pre-game family dining.
UPDATE, 3/10: Approved.