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For the Asgard and Kinsale pubs, there’s new hope

The popular bars now hope to reopen in spring, thanks to landlord negotiations

Bar-goers were already sobered by the closing of Lir, McGreevy’s, Pour House, and Whiskey’s on Boylston Street. But there is hope for the Kinsale and the Asgard.
Bar-goers were already sobered by the closing of Lir, McGreevy’s, Pour House, and Whiskey’s on Boylston Street. But there is hope for the Kinsale and the Asgard.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

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.

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.

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“If the business environment gets better post-COVID-19, the plan is to open back up,” he said. “We’re optimistic.”



Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.