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Historic Jamaica Plain Bar Doyle’s Cafe Has Closed After 137 Years

Plus, a new brewery opens in Brighton, and more news

The bar at Doyle’s Cafe, with high chairs lined up in front of a wooden bar, sunlight streaming in, and a television, American flag, and other decor on the green wall
Doyle’s Cafe, now closed in Jamaica Plain
Doyle’s Cafe/Official Site

Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

RIP Doyle’s Cafe

Everyone knew it was coming, but not exactly when, but the fateful day arrived this weekend: 137-year-old Jamaica Plain bar Doyle’s Cafe (3484 Washington St., Boston) — a gathering spot for locals as well as many celebrities and politicians over the years — poured its last pint on Saturday, October 26. As owner Gerry Burke Jr. previously told the Globe, it was too expensive to keep the business running in JP: “The real estate in JP is as high as it’s going to get and I can’t afford to stay here anymore.”

Local steakhouse chain Davio’s is buying Doyle’s liquor license for nearly half a million to use at its forthcoming Seaport location.

Beer and Grilled Cheese Flights

In more uplifting news, Brighton has a new brewery, and it’s serving up grilled cheese, sausages, and more. Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen — in the works since way back in early 2017 — is now open at 190 North Beacon St., having debuted over the weekend but planning a multi-day grand opening celebration for November 1 through 3. Here’s a peek inside the space and details on its beer and food menus.

In Other News...

  • Despite a summer scare that a string of Davis Square businesses would get swallowed up by a new development, it appears that at least the Burren will survive during and after construction, while longtime dive bar Sligo could be given the option to return post-construction.
  • Chelsea, which is maxed out on full liquor licenses, is considering a home rule petition to the state, asking for an additional 10 licenses in order to help attract new restaurants and hotels. They’d be tied specifically to Chelsea and would be limited to restaurants, hotels, and large function halls.
  • Local smoothie and juice bar Nourish Your Soul is set to open inside a forthcoming Lululemon Athletica store in Back Bay (208 Newbury St., Boston) on November 1, open daily and offering seating for 30. There are existing Nourish Your Soul locations in Boston’s Beacon Hill and Winchester; there used to be a Medford location as well.
  • The locally based Wahlburgers burger chain by the celebrity Wahlberg family continues to expand around the globe: It’s about to open its first Texas location.

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Nourish Your Soul (Beacon Hill)

282 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02114 Visit Website

The Burren

247 Elm Street, , MA 02144 (617) 776-6896 Visit Website

Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen

190 North Beacon Street, , MA 02135 (617) 903-3766 Visit Website

Sligo Pub

237 Elm Street, , MA 02144 (617) 625-4477

Doyle's Cafe

3484 Washington Street, , MA 02130 (617) 524-2345 Visit Website

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