Well, this sucks.
We know it’s had its share of trouble on the mean streets of Allston, but The Kells has a special place in the very large heart of Blast and its contributors from our holiday parties to our editor and intern meetings.
Now, according to The Boston Phoenix, The Kells in Allston is closing.
The Kells (161 Brighton Ave.) has been open for more than 17 years. It’s an Irish bar that had to adapt to a part of Boston that was becoming increasingly un-Irish. Hence, there’s an Asian-fusion menu now.
It has multiple function rooms that we gladly used all the time because they were free as long as you were buying something like food or drinks. According to its website, The Kells was ranked one of the top 100 bars in America by Playboy and was called “The Cadillac of Irish bars” by the Phoenix in the past, and we could see the remains of that even at our spring interns meeting a few weeks ago. The place is huge.
According to Boston Restaurant Talk, The Kells will be replaced by a Tavern on the Square franchise.