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Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen Is Closing for a Rebrand at the End of the Year

Plus, Sally’s Apizza opens its first Massachusetts location this week — and more intel

A restaurant exterior with white and black signage, located at the corner of two streets.
Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen.
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Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

The winter months ahead just got a little colder: Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, a beloved neighborhood hangout and live music venue located at the edge of Roxbury and the South End, is temporarily closing down at the end of the year. “After careful consideration and heartfelt reflection, we have decided to embark on a brief hiatus to breathe new life into our beloved establishment,” an announcement posted to the restaurant’s social media pages reads.

Darryl’s last day of service in its current form will be Sunday, December 31. After that, the rebrand will get underway. “It’s the right time and transitions are important in the industry, especially if you are focused on longevity,” owner Nia Grace says.

Grace tells Eater that the refreshed establishment will no longer be called Darryl’s, but “will have the same soul.” The kitchen will retain its Southern roots, but the menu will be more focused on “small, shareable bites” and the cocktail program will get more of a spotlight in the new restaurant. There’s no set reopening date yet. “We want this transition to happen as quick as possible, but we’re committed to taking whatever time is necessary to get it right,” Grace says.

As regulars know, this is not the first time that the corner spot has undergone a transformation. The restaurant first started 65 years ago as “Bob the Chef’s,” under the ownership of Robert and Dottie Morgan. Subsequent owner Darryl Settles rebranded the restaurant to Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen in 2010. Grace (who is also behind one of this year’s biggest new openings, Grace by Nia in the Seaport) took over the establishment in 2018, solidifying its place as a beloved neighborhood hangout and live music venue in Boston.

Update: December 11, 2023, 2:25 p.m.: This post has been updated to include additional comments from Nia Grace.

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