A victim of the Seaport District’s new development, Anthony’s Pier 4 held a “last call” closing gathering for staff and friends this week.
Having once attracted up to 3,000 nightly dinner patrons, the landmark restaurant has seen its business decline significantly in recent years. In addition to tax problems, the waterfront institution lost out to competition from newer dining options such as the Liberty Wharf restaurant complex (Globe article). Anthony’s Pier 4 peaked in the 1980’s and was once the place to be. Famous guest photos adorn the walls including those of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Steve McQueen, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Richard Nixon, Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock, Ginger Rogers, Julie Child and Jack Nicholson. (Yes, Whitey Bulger was also a regular but he’s not on the wall.)
The Northern Avenue lot will soon feature a 21-story tower, with apartments and ground floor retail stores. Anthony’s Pier 4 closing follows that of nearby Jimmy’s Harborside, another old school Seaport institution. Anthony’s Pier 4 owner, Michael Athanas, son of founder Anthony Athanas, has been quoted saying his family will consider opening a smaller restaurant in the Seaport.
Photos by Bruce McCue.