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Parish Cafe’s South End Outpost Will Close on August 21

But the popular restaurant has its eyes on expanding to the Financial District

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One of many decadent sandwiches to grace the Parish Cafe menu over the years
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Parish Cafe’s eight-year-old South End outpost (493 Massachusetts Ave., Boston) is set to close, while Parish Cafe’s original Back Bay location (361 Boylston St., Boston), open since 1992, remains in operation.

Co-owner Gordon Wilcox confirmed the news to Eater via email. “After a successful run, my partners and I decided to sell Parish Café II to the owners of New York Pizza,” said Wilcox. “George [Axiotis] and I are friends, and he made us an offer we couldn’t refuse.”

Wilcox told Eater that the South End Parish Cafe will shutter on August 21, and that the team plans to “celebrate with friends, staff and our Mug Club members.”

But the Back Bay Parish Cafe may not be alone for long: Wilcox said that the team is looking to “open other Parish Cafe locations in other parts of Boston, with our eyes set on the Financial District first.”

Parish Cafe is perhaps best known for its rotating list of decadent sandwiches, created by various chefs in Boston’s dining scene. For example, Parish currently offers a brisket sandwich envisioned by Jason Bond of Bondir and a B.L.T. by Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang renown.

Axiotis is also behind Kava Neo-Taverna, a Greek restaurant in the South End, as well as Puro Ceviche Bar in Back Bay. It is unclear at the moment what he plans to do with the Parish space; this story will be updated when more information becomes available.

The Parish Cafe in Boston’s South End Is Being Sold [BRT]
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