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One of Newbury Street’s Best Coffee Shops Is Shutting Down

Revival Cafe’s last day is April 30

An exterior photo of the coffee shop with a garden-level window with the coffee shop’s title and logo visible.
Revival Cafe is closing down its Back Bay location.
Drew Katz/Revival Cafe
Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

So long to one of the most reliable places on Newbury Street to grab a cup of coffee and sit awhile. Revival Cafe & Kitchen owners Steve “Nookie” Postal and Liza Shirazi have confirmed that their Back Bay coffee shop — located at 103 Newbury Street — is shutting down. Its last day is Sunday, April 30.

According to the pair, Revival’s landlord wanted a tenant who could sign a long-term lease at the location, and they couldn’t afford to do it because the rent was too high.

The closure affects 12 staffers at the shop in Back Bay. Shirazi says that they plan to offer jobs to anyone who wants to stay with the company, including transfers to Revival’s two other locations in Alewife and Somerville’s Davis Square.

Revival first opened the subterranean Back Bay spot in July 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. It quickly became a hangout for both locals and tourists alike, and the cafe was often filled with shoppers and students ducking out from the busy street to grab coffee, pastries, or a solid breakfast sandwich. “We loved the energy,” Shirazi says.

They are “actively looking” for another spot in downtown Boston, according to Shirazi. Meanwhile, the two other Revival locations aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, as the owners were able to lock in long-term leases at both shops.