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Northeastern purchases Punter’s Pub building for $5.3m

Northeastern has purchased the building that houses Punter’s Pub and University House of Pizza.
Northeastern has purchased the building that houses Punter’s Pub and University House of Pizza.(Screen Capture/GoogleMaps street view)

Could the end be in sight for Punter’s Pub?

Northeastern University has purchased a building on Huntington Avenue that includes the popular dive bar across from the Museum of Fine Arts.

The university paid $5.3 million to purchase 444-452 Huntington Avenue, according to land records filed through the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. Those addresses include the beloved pub, as well as University House of Pizza.

A Northeastern spokesman said Punter’s Pub will continue to operate for at least two more years, and that the school is unsure of how the property will be used in the long run.

“The current owners of the pub decided to sell the property and, given its proximity to our main campus, owning the site was seen as a strategic opportunity,” Matthew McDonald, Northeastern’s assistant vice president for communications, wrote in an e-mail to the Globe. “The owners will continue to operate the pub for at least two more years; during this time the university will consider what its best utilization would be in the future.”

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Punter’s Pub could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday night. A manager reached by phone at University House of Pizza declined to comment.