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The Fireplace restaurant in Brookline to close its doors

The Fireplace restaurant.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

The Fireplace restaurant in Brookline will close on Aug. 31, says owner Jim Solomon.

“I want to be able to concentrate on my health so my wife has someone to take walks with during our golden years,” he says. “I want to put my family and my health first.”

Solomon was hit by a car in downtown Boston years several before opening the restaurant in September 2001 and has suffered health woes since. He underwent several spinal surgeries and was recently told that he’d need another one.

“Learning that was the final straw,” he says.

Solomon sold the rights to his lease to a Brookline resident, who plans to turn the space — at 1634 Beacon St. at Washington — into a Mediterranean seafood restaurant, Solomon says.


The closure isn’t a huge surprise: Solomon had previously entertained the idea of closing in 2014, when it was reported that Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria might move in.

Now, though, the end is official. He plans to spend his newfound free time going to Fenway Park with his wife and attending “Hamilton” in New York City with his teenage son (yes, he snagged seats).

Most of all, though, he’s looking forward to having free time.

“I have different irons in the fire but nothing of significance. Which is just how I want it right now,” Solomon says.

Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com