A hotel restaurant in the heart of Downtown Boston will close on May 31 but will eventually reopen elsewhere in the city. Nix's Mate is living out its last week as a resident of the Hilton Faneuil Hall, according to a tip Eater received.
The closure of the restaurant was confirmed by Abner Kurtin, a managing partner of Bostonian Hospitality Group, which operates Nix's Mate. The restaurant's lease with the Hilton was up and would not be renewed, Kurtin told Eater in an email. "We need a higher energy partner and location," Kurtin said, noting that the new owners of the hotel were looking for a different style of restaurant. "We should be able to announce the new location in a few weeks as soon as the lease is signed. We are excited."
There are three other restaurants within BHG bearing the Nixs name: a brewpub on Nantucket and two restaurants in Hartford and South Windsor, Conn. According to Kurtin, there are two other locations in Connecticut that are under agreement.
"We are building a New England brand of elevated American food and fresh juice cocktails with buck a shuck and craft beers," Kurtin said. The goal is to secure a new location and reopen in Boston by the first quarter of 2017.
The Bostonian Hospitality Group previously looked into purchasing the former Church venue in Fenway, but those plans did not pan out. Instead, Church is becoming Tapestry from Coppa alum Meghann Ward and is set to open this week.