Boston’s iconic Cheers bar, located at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, is facing permanent closure after the business suffered immensely due to the pandemic. The bar is a replica of the set from the popular Cheers sitcom, which aired from 1982 to 1993, and was a staple of the Boston bar scene and a favorite among tourists. Now, after 20 years, the bar will close for good on August 30.
According to the bar’s CEO Marus Ripperger, the dire financial situation was not helped by the property’s landlord, who refused to offer rent forgiveness or assistance when the bar was forced to close in the middle of the pandemic.
“Cheers Replica Bar has had a wonderful 20 years in the iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of America’s most cherished historic landmarks,” The bar’s founder, Tom Kershaw, said in a press release. “I have faced, and pulled through, many kinds of downturns and upticks in the economy within the last 20 years Cheers Replica Bar at Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been in business. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with no assistance from our landlord (Ashkenazy Acquisition Group), has made this current challenge insurmountable.”
The bar’s original location on Beacon Street, which inspired the one on the show, will still remain open to the public.