Allston mainstay Sunset Grill & Tap (130 Brighton Ave., Boston), known for its enormous beer list, has closed, according to multiple signs posted in the restaurant’s windows. Patron’s — its upstairs pool hall — has also shuttered. A sibling restaurant, the Sunset Cantina (916 Commonwealth Ave., Boston), will remain open, however.
Sunset Grill & Tap’s parent company — Sunset Partners Inc. — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2017. According to the Boston Globe at the time, Sunset Partners Inc. feared the Department of Revenue might pursue it for an estimated $500,000 in uncollected back taxes. At the time, Sunset’s attorney David Madoff told the Globe that the day-to-day operations of the business were healthy, and that the company just needed “to deal with some of this debt.”
In 2014, Ara Balikian and Marc Berkowitz purchased Sunset Grill & Tap and Sunset Cantina from longtime owner Marc Kadish. Around the time of the bankruptcy filing, Madoff told the Globe that much of the debt roots back to the initial purchase. The Globe also reported that Sunset owed more than $4 million to Hamilton Realty, Sunset Partners’s primary lender.
It is unclear whether the closure of Sunset Grill & Tap and Patron’s — or Sunset Partners’s debt — will impact Sunset Cantina going forward. Eater has reached out to representatives for Sunset Partners Inc., and this story will be updated as new information becomes available.