The Maiden, which opened at the end of 2015 in the former Owl Station space (28 West Broadway, South Boston), is now closed, per an announcement on the restaurant’s Instagram account signed by co-owner Jon Parsons:
CLOSED IN PERPETUITY
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” —J.R.R. Tolkien
It’s been a fun two and a half years dishing out seasonal fare to friends new and old, but it’s time for The Maiden to hang up her sword.
A big thanks to all of our neighbors and loyal regulars for making all of our hard work worthwhile. You have been one of the best clienteles I have ever had the pleasure of serving and I’m honored to now be able to call some of you friends.
An even bigger thanks to our amazing staff that brought both professionalism and heart to the equation. You guys killed it on a daily basis and made this space feel like an extension of home.
An offspring of the now-defunct Sam’s at Louis, the Maiden was owned by wife-and-husband duo Esti and Drew Parsons, along with Drew’s brother Jon. Esti Parsons had been general manager and partner at Radius back in the day, Drew Parsons is the bassist in the band American Hi-Fi, and Jon Parsons worked with cocktails at various places in New York and beyond.
When it opened, the Maiden focused on cheese, charcuterie, and oysters. Opening executive chef Jason Cheek (KO Prime, Sam’s) eventually moved on to open his own restaurant in Boston’s South End, Southern Proper, and the Maiden’s menu changed over time, ending its run with a small menu mostly consisting of tacos and oysters, along with a fried chicken sandwich and a “ghost of Sam’s” burger. (At the time of its closing, the Maiden called itself a “temporary taco shack” in its Instagram bio, putting an “El” over the “The” in its signage last week and noting that “Cinco de Mayo comes early to Southie! We’ve got tacos and enchiladas and nothing to lose!”)
Located steps from the Broadway T station, the Maiden leaves a handful of other restaurants operating in its wake, several of which are also around the same age, including Moonshine 152, Stephi’s in Southie, and Worden Hall, not to mention the very, very old Amrheins down the street, as well as Mul’s Diner. Around the corner on A St., there’s also KO Catering & Pies and Coppersmith.
• The Maiden Coverage on Eater [EBOS]