Shock, bewilderment, frustration, cries for a historic designation -- those are some of the feelings and suggestions that people have uttered since news broke about Doyle's closing on Monday.
Quickly, a Save Doyle's Cafe Facebook page was created, and as of Tuesday night, more than 500 people have liked the page.
save Doyle's! since 18 and 82.. Don't let this little corner of Boston go dark after so much has grown here#saveDoylesCafe #SaveTheMusic pic.twitter.com/yNqyHGU5EX
— John Hayden (@anvilwonk) September 12, 2019
Some folks took to reaching out to the CEO of Davio's, which has an agreement to buy Doyle's liquor license for $455,000. As of Tuesday night, Davio's CEO Steve DiFillippo, had not tweeted any response, after previously stating he didn't know the liquor license was coming from Doyle's.
Good morning @SteveDiFillippo. Please consider hitting the pause button on this transaction until the community has had the opportunity to try to preserve this landmark & cornerstone of the community. They host so many school fundraisers & political forumshttps://t.co/0olVfbN4Ys
— Kristin Johnson (@KrissyCabbage) September 11, 2019
Many folks shared fond memories of Doyle's.
Buzzkill: I just heard that Doyle’s Cafe in JP is closing. This is me there in ‘86 with my brother & Mayor Flynn @universalhub pic.twitter.com/JTJtxNR898
— Jason G. Mahoney (@jgmahoney) September 10, 2019
I haven’t been there in a while but my wife and I had our first date there
— Travis Woods (@thomasblanco) September 11, 2019
So many meetings and relaxing evenings with my new wife--Doyle’s is Closing, Opened in 1882
https://t.co/DychuqDkOq via @02130News
— Jeremy Solomons (@jcsolomons) September 10, 2019
I got to appreciate how iconic @DoylesCafe is b/c of @MattOMalley
He introduced me to @MartinOMalley, @DevalPatrick,@MassAGO & @replizmalia there.
Matt & @KathrynNiforos hosted a Doyle’s brunch for their wedding guests
This is a big loss for the Clr, #JamaicaPlain & #Boston https://t.co/4t74s9OU4M pic.twitter.com/sEXpSMINuk
— Bill MacGregor (@WRBillyMac) September 11, 2019
Many people were frustrated with the Burke family, who have owned Doyle's since 1970. One family member owns the liquor license and the restaurant, and another owns the property.
IIRC his statement did cite rising property costs, it could be interpreted either as “it’s too expensive to operate” or, “If I get out now I’ll make a killing.”
— Dave (@shekelator) September 11, 2019
And people were just frustrated about the situation.
I love JP, but it will suck if restaurants, including popular, historic ones, can't afford to stay open https://t.co/Wf7bhDp7qQ
— Dave (@shekelator) September 10, 2019
Wack. Gonna have to take my daughter for brunch before they shut the doors.
Doyle’s is Closing, Opened in 1882 https://t.co/zxMnP5YOc9 via @02130News
— Alexios Rosario-Moore (@AlexiosAsText) September 10, 2019
Of course there were immediate worries about what JP business will fall next...
Heads up if @GalwayHouse ever closes I will be leaving Boston the next day! https://t.co/MQJ7cyTctn
— Greg Ralich (@gregralich) September 10, 2019
And Doyle's longtime neighbor, The Midway Cafe, wanted folks to know that they aren't going anywhere.
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