(The following letter was posted by Chef Andy Husbands on his website in late February)
Goodbye, Good friends, thank you
Later this spring Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel will be closing our doors. I couldn’t be prouder of all we have accomplished. It was not an easy decision, but it is the right decision as I enter the next stage of my life, both personally and professionally.
First, I want to say thank you for the support over the years. Had you asked Chris Hart and me when we opened Tremont 647 back in 1996 what the goal was for our dream restaurant, being open for over 20 years would not have been any part of that conversation.
Since 1996 we’ve seen the neighborhood and world change all from the corner of Tremont and West Brookline streets. We’ve seen the economy up and we’ve seen it down. We’ve opened during the biggest snow storms, and of course we will never forget the time we flooded along with the whole South End many years ago. We’ve been a spot for birthdays, first dates, anniversaries, engagements, rehearsal dinners and weddings; our Pajama Brunch and Taco Tuesday have played hosts to thousands of groups of friends creating memories. And our staff and regular patrons have formed truly special bonds over the years. It is truly an honor to have been part of the ever changing and growing Boston dining scene, and most important, a part of the South End community.
Thank you to all of the dedicated and hard-working staff over the years, the South End neighborhood, my business partners, investors, landlord, our charities partners, my family and wife. Without everyone’s love and support Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel would not have become what it is.
Looking forward I’m turning all of my attention to my new concept, The Smoke Shop BBQ; and of course you will find me supporting numerous charitable events, especially Share Our Strength. Plus, I’m working on a few other exciting projects.
As for The Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel Space, I believe you will love what is to come. The South End is a very special place with a killer dining scene and this new bistro will be an awesome addition for the neighborhood and foodies alike.
Our last day of service will be April 1…which seems fitting as it will be our last Pajama Brunch service (not to mention Easter Sunday!).
Andy Husbands, Chef/Owner