Medieval Manor Throws in the Towel

By Seth Daniel

After an encouraging push in June to re-open the Medieval Manor, last Thursday the long-time restaurant and period performance venue said it would not be returning to the South End.

Medieval Manor has been located on East Berkeley Street for decades, but suddenly closed its doors late last year. A campaign to re-open this summer looked promising, and news in June seemed to indicate positive things.

However, this week the “King” said the venture wasn’t long lived.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you our efforts to reach a new lease agreement for the space where the Manor has lived for so long were unsuccessful,” read a posting on Facebook. “The price of a castle in Boston has increased significantly. We will continue to search for ways to bring back the king but we may not be seeing you as soon as we had hoped. Thank you for all of your support over the years. Long Live The King!”

Owners said that negotiations with the owner of the building had broken down for good.

The owner is Stuart Rose of Brenton Clothing LLC of Waltham, as well as several other business entities listed at the same address. A phone call to one of those businesses and to Rose were not returned in time for this edition.

The building on East Berkeley Street used to be an outpost of nothingness, sandwiched between some vacant buildings, a homeless shelter, a highway, a commercial bakery, a storage facility and a gas station.

However, in recent years, it has become sandwiched by luxury residences, including the Troy and the Ink Block.

In front of the building is a proposal from top developer Related Beale for luxury condos and apartments at the old Quinzani’s Bakery. Naturally, the area has changed drastically, and likely has sent rents for the old Manor much higher than could be sustained.

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