A longstanding Irish pub in Dorchester will close down to make way for a new development of housing units. The owner of The Centre Bar at 1664 Dorchester Ave. plans to sell off the liquor license for the bar, in favor of building two stories and four apartments atop the storefront, which will later be rented out as commercial space, according to the Dorchester Reporter.
Owner Tony McKernan is reportedly seeking permits for forthcoming changes to the property. This is the latest in a string of changes Dorchester has seen across its bar scene over the last year. Just last week, word came that the storied Freeport Tavern and Phillips Old Colony House would close down, while longstanding places like Gerard’s in Adams Corner and Sonny’s Pub have also shuttered. Gerard’s was recently reborn as Landmark Public House, while Sonny’s is undergoing renovations for a new concept.