In early October, the Asgard in Central Square and the Kinsale at Government Center announced they were closing. That sent shockwaves through the bar-going community in Boston and Cambridge, already sobered by closures such as those of Lir, McGreevy’s, the Pour House, and Whiskey’s.
“With the lack of people in office buildings and in the hotels, it just wasn’t viable. We were losing money,” co-owner Peter Sarmanian said at the time.
We shall live to see another day! Happy to announce that we have nice landlords and worked out an arrangement that will allow The Kinsale to reopen in Spring 2021 when all this nonsense is most hopefully over. It’s called hibernation, and it’s all the rage. pic.twitter.com/xVuEAYAYX4— Kinsale Irish Pub (@Kinsale_Boston) October 29, 2020
Happily, thanks to negotiations with the landlords, the two Irish pubs will remain in place through the winter, which will allow Sarmanian to reevaluate his options in the spring. Provided that COVID-19 doesn’t still threaten, he’ll be able to reopen his beloved bars.
“If the business environment gets better post-COVID-19, the plan is to open back up,” he said. “We’re optimistic.”
Our beers are going into hibernation! The Asgard will reopen in Spring 2021 when this unpleasantness has subsided. Many thanks to our landlord for working with us, and our patrons for missing us. If only 2020 would wrap things up... pic.twitter.com/gOXJZEGmzK— Asgard Irish Pub (@AsgardCambridge) October 29, 2020