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Brookline restaurant Lineage to close after 10 years

Chef-owner Jeremy Sewall is closing Lineage restaurant in Brookline. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/file

Brookline’s Lineage will close on Aug. 1 after a decade in business, says chef-owner Jeremy Sewall. Sewall runs the modern American restaurant with his wife, Lisa. He hopes to make more time for family, cookbooks, and restaurant projects.

“I can finally talk about this without tears in my eyes after six months of trying to decide what to do with our lease. It’s rare you get to dictate when to say goodbye, and we’re saying goodbye on our terms,” Sewall says.

Sewall will keep busy with Island Creek Oyster Bar (with locations in Boston and, soon, Burlington) and Row 34 (with branches in Boston and Portsmouth, N.H.). Sewall also plans a Harvard Square oyster bar, details forthcoming, later this year. His latest book, “Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw,” comes out this summer. He also wants to spend more time with his three kids.


“This is a very personal restaurant for me. You dream of opening your own little restaurant, and I got to do that. But I didn’t want to spread myself too thin, and I didn’t want Lineage to atrophy. It felt like the right time. You just can’t do it all,” he says.

The Coolidge Corner restaurant was a homecoming of sorts for Sewall: His land baron ancestor, Samuel Sewall, once owned most of Brookline — hence the Lineage name. You’ll find the chef in the kitchen four nights per week leading up to the sendoff.

Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.