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Jonathan’s Bar & Grille on Needham Street in Newton has closed

2013 April 10
by Greg Reibman

jonathan's has closed   Just shy of its one year anniversary,  Jonathan’s Bar & Grille on Needham Street, has closed “due to losing their lease,” according to this sign on the door.

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  1. mgwa permalink
    April 10, 2013 04:43 PM

    Does that mean something’s happening to that building?

    Never ate there, but always sad when someplace closes due to lease problems.

  2. April 13, 2013 12:39 PM

    Too bad, I liked that place. Little pricey.

    Well at least we still have Mick Morgans.

    Where I recently noticed some of the booths have electrical outlets for me to plug in my computer equipment.

  3. Max Goldsmith permalink
    April 13, 2013 07:04 PM

    Seems to me that any restaurant venture involving the kind of renovation that went into Jonathan’s would have been based on a minimum five-year lease. So, “losing their lease” must have meant either not paying the rent, or some deal to sell the entire property including the former Filene’s Basement meant a more attractive buy-out than running a restaurant.

  4. SLynne permalink
    April 28, 2013 07:21 PM

    Went a few times and we liked it, though a bit expensive for the portion sizes. What is one to do with gift certificates received as gifts? Not too good when a local guy lets this happen to customers giving him a shot to succeed.

  5. Steve Garson permalink
    April 29, 2013 08:55 PM

    According to Boston Restaurant Talk, “They didn’t “lose their lease”. Jonathan’s owner owned the building, and it was foreclosed on a few months back and it was sold at auction.”

    http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2013/04/jonathans-bar-and-grille-in-newton.html

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