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Tavern on the Water Closes Its Doors

An official announcement was posted Monday on the restaurant's website.

Tavern on the Water in Charlestown has closed for good.

Reports of the restaurant—located on Pier 6 in the Charlestown Navy Yard—shutting its doors first surfaced last Wednesday, as Charlestown Patch reader Sylvia Carroll posted a notice in the blog section of the site, though she had no further information about the closure at the time.

Another blog post, written on Saturday, Nov. 24 on Adam’s Hospitality & Tourism Industry Blog, confirmed the announcement, saying the restaurant’s phone number is out of service and someone at one of Tavern on the Water’s sister restaurants, owned by Legendary Restaurant Group, had stated that Tavern would not be reopening.

And on Monday morning, the company posted an official announcement on the Tavern on the Water website:

Unfortunately, The Tavern On The Water has closed. We are happy to serve you right around the corner at our Max And Dylans CitySquare location, or any of our other fine restaurants listed below.

The reason for the closure is unknown at this time. However, an article on Grub Street Boston suggests that the Legendary Restaurant Group may be choosing to focus on its other restaurants, such as the new Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen and Avery Provision Co. in Downtown Crossing and a soon-to-open Burger Dive in Somerville.

The company also owns Scollay Square, Papagayo and two Max and Dylans restaurants in the Boston area, according to a Boston Business Journal article. 

TheMaskedTruthsayer November 26, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Run-down, still looks like 1982 inside, lousy food, cramped, just as well.
Donna O'Brien November 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Sad news!. The staff there was very attentive and friendly. I hope someone else picks it up!
Dan November 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM
The economics of running a small bar/restaurant on an expensive pier location did them in, just too small for the site. A better location would be Pier 5 size wise, and could pull more tourists in. Maybe when it gets rebuilt a new bar could open up there. I'll miss going down in the summer for a cool evening drink.
Doug Sabbag November 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
The Shipyard Quarters Marina is about to be closed by the City of Boston too! That whole area needs new managment with resources and ambition. I can't imagine these prime spots lying fallow very long.
Betty Lindsey November 26, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Sorry but I did not hear that they were closing the Marina. I live there. Can you tell me where you heard this?
DHGoff November 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM
And whatever happened to the talk about town of a Sea Dog Brewpub opening up shop in the Navy Yard?
Jay K. November 28, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Yeah seriously. What happened to Sea Dog? Could they be looking at this spot?
paul surette December 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
This phrase about Charlestown says it all....."I didn't see anything" :)
Tom Delaney December 30, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Is MacAvoys still there outside of Gate 4? I watched a game of the 68 World Series there and ate 25 cent sammys with PBR's while stationed on the USS Keppler DD-765.
Ctowngirl March 04, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Sorry Tom Delaney -- MacAvoys has been gone for a long time. All the bars on Chelsea Street are gone.

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