Chinatown is losing one of its mainstays this weekend: BLR by Shōjō (13 Hudson St., Boston) will close its doors permanently after dinner service on Saturday, December 21, the restaurant announced today.
BLR (which stands for Best Little Restaurant) has been in owner Brian Moy’s family and open in Chinatown in one form or another for nearly 40 years. In 2016, Moy revamped the restaurant to more closely resemble its younger and hipper siblings, Shōjō and Ruckus.
The restaurant group decided to shutter BLR to focus energy on the other restaurants, including a forthcoming and heretofore unnamed restaurant in Chinatown that could open in the spring, a BLR representative told Eater via email.
In addition to the closure of BLR and the opening of the unnamed restaurant, Moy and crew will introduce cocktails at the fast-casual noodle shop Ruckus, as well as full-service dinner with an izakaya-inspired menu. The restaurant, which opened in mid-2017, recently acquired a liquor license. It will begin offering cans of negroni, wine, and various beers in addition to the planned cocktails.