7/08/2013 03:28:00 PM

Anthony's Pier 4 to Shutter August 1; Avila Closes

Anthony's Pier 4
After 50 years of business, Anthony’s Pier 4 will close to make room for new development along the prime real estate that is Boston’s Waterfront in the burgeoning Seaport District. The last reservations are being taken for July 31, 2013.

When it comes to whether or not Anthony's Pier 4 will return, Bill Cronin, the senior vice president of the Newton-based company that is developing the site said “We’re not really sure...It would certainly need to be a much different concept than what is there now.”

Plans for a park - “The most expensive acre of land in the city,” said Cronin - will be created on the site where Anthony’s now sits. Nearby will be a building, developed by New England Development, which will be mixed-use and have room for a restaurant (or restaurants) on the first floor. The plans are still being conceptualized, said Cronin.

When Anthony's Pier 4 shutters, it will mark the end of an era. Anthony Athanas, an immigrant from Albania who first settled in New Bedford, became one of America’s early, successful restaurateurs. Athanas opened his first restaurant, Anthony’s Hawthorne in Lynn, in 1937; he opened Hawthorne by the Sea in 1946 and General Glover House in 1957, both in Swampscott. Anthony’s Cumaquid Inn opened in Yarmouth Port on Cape Cod in 1975, according to the Anthony's Pier 4 Website. All the restaurants, except for Anthony’s Hawthorne in Lynn, are still operating.

Cronin said the deal with the Athanas brothers, heirs of Anthony Sr., has been in the works for about 15 years. “I have to say we have had a fine and personal relationship with them,” said Cronin, alluding to Athanas’ four sons, Anthony Jr., Michael, Robert and Paul Athanas.

In other big closings news, Avila, the airy Mediterranean operated by Steve DiFillippo (Davio’s), has closed, leaving a hole in Theater District dining. Its last night was Saturday, June 29, according to Eater.

Remington’s in Quincy is also closed.

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