Bertucci’s closed its Faneuil Hall location (22 Merchants Row, Boston) last Friday, January 12, according to a post on Boston Restaurant Talk and confirmed by the location page on Bertucci’s website, where the Faneuil Hall listing is no longer active.
Bertucci’s reportedly decided to close this location — which had been open since 1989 — due to an inability to agree to new lease terms.
Known for its brick-oven pizza, Bertucci’s opened its first location in 1981 in Somerville’s Davis Square. The Elm Street space, which featured bocce in the basement, eventually became a Subway, which has since closed. Next, it’s slated to become Revival Cafe, courtesy of Steve Postal (Commonwealth) and Liza Shirazi (Crema Cafe).
In the ensuing 37 years since that Davis Square debut, Bertucci’s has grown to a chain of more than 80 East Coast restaurants serving pizza, pasta, and various other Italian-inspired dishes. While the Faneuil Hall location has now dropped off that list, there are still plenty of locations in and around Boston at which one can satisfy that warm dinner roll craving.