Popular Allston restaurants Common Ground and Kimchipapi Kitchen have reopened their doors after closing for several weeks following a partial building collapse that left one pedestrian seriously injured.
The concrete parapet above the neighboring restaurants collapsed shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, trapping a passerby underneath blocks of concrete. Officials say the collapse was likely caused by wind and water damage. (These kinds of collapses are more common than you might think.) Officials also estimated around $500,000 in damage.
At the time, Common Ground owner Bob O’Guin told the Boston Globe that “crews are telling [me] it could be as much as six months before we get the go ahead to open again,” but that didn’t end up being the case. Scaffolding remains up along the front of the building, but the restaurants have reopened.
Common Ground is already back to its regular operating hours, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. Meanwhile, Kimchipapi Kitchen is operating with mostly regular hours for now — 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sunday.