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gator14 | | Mar 28, 2008 01:15 PM

Just received this email from the folks at Grotto - they've purchased the Marliave and are hoping to reopen in the Spring - take a read:

Greeting from Grotto,

Restoring a Tradition

A year and a half ago, one of Boston dining landmarks was closed down. The Marliave had operated at 10 Bosworth Street for over 120 years. The restaurant was purchased early last year, and last summer, while strolling through downtown, I saw a small for rent sign in the upstairs window. I have now taken over the Marliave ( and have begun restoring dining landmark. The Marliave will reopen this spring, and will feature two dining rooms and an oyster bar. The menus will reflect the history of the establishment, which has operated as a French, Italian, and New England restaurant, and even as a Speakeasy and illegal distillery (liquor and label print equipment was seized many times during prohibition). We are respectfully restoring this beautiful restaurant to retain its vintage design such as repairing the original tin ceilings and walls, installing a vintage marble bar and oyster bar, refinishing wood floors, repairing mosaic floors, and are doing our best to retain classic details down to the black and white color scheme. Grotto will keep you posted as opening day arrives, and hope to see you there.

Thank you,

The Owners & Staff of Grotto

The website ( offers some insight into the menu: "The Marliave will open with two classic dining options: The Upstairs affords its famous view and serves classic continental cuisine such as butter-poached lobster, Beef Wellington, and halibut baked in a salt crust. The Downstairs, harkens back to Marliave’s bootlegging days serving classic prohibition-era cocktails and updated versions of the classic dishes you would have found at the Marliave a century ago, such as Yankee pot roast, Welsh rarebits, and freshly shucked oysters."


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