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Never easy saying good bye to an old friend

Kristin Johnson sighs about Doyle's in JP, a place that had been a Friday-night refuge for her and her family for more than ten years:

As our family tries to wrap our brains around what life will be like when Doyle’s is no longer a part of it, I struggle to teach my children lessons that will prepare them for the next time they lose something they love with all their heart. We talk about gratitude and living in the moment. Tonight, as we visit this hospice we once called home, I realize we’ll have to talk about death too.

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Seems a bit overly dramatic.
They will have some good memories thanks to early stage capitalism I guess

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'I'm more sadder and more impacted by this than you.'

Please watch to my TikTok video where I bemoan the loss of NECCO wafers.

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I mean "hospice we once called home"

C'MON!?!?

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It sucks losing things, but as someone who went to three different elementary schools by age 9 in three different cities ... wow!

At least they talk about impermanence and upheaval.

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And having gone to three different high schools in three different towns you make a good point. I’ll miss Doyle’s, but one of the constants in life is change. No matter how much you try and dig your heels in to resist.

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How imminent? Sposed to eat there Tuesday nite for our farewell...

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They plan to be around until the end of the month. They will be closed Mondays from here out.

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There was a lot of history there at one time, Boston Gas , Forest Hills Factory Outlet , Baker Hot Top , Leo's Midway Cafe, to name a few. But that was working class stuff, move along nothing to lament there.

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Everyone who used to take their kids to Doyle's will go to the Galway instead.

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Agreed, Galway will see a hefty increase, tho I’d bet the Dogwood and maybe whatever E. O’Neill’s is becoming will gain too. The loss is profound, but it’s only the history we’re losing - we still have some great options for food/drink.

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I didn’t go to Doyle’s all that much because I didn’t think the food was that great but it was unique. What’s actually sad is to lose a place with so much history and for that part of JP to lose one more dining establishment.

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We've only been in Boston 38 years, so not locals, but hey, we enjoyed and appreciated Doyle's and the atmosphere there. It felt like, for better or worse, a slice of Boston history still alive and we're sorry to see it close its doors. Where else could you get a Fudgesicle for dessert?

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The waitress said they were closing October 26th.

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And the placemats had a note about November 1st. But it wouldn't surprise me if they went out over a weekend and not Halloween or the day after.

Took a longtime veteran of downtown politics and his wife there for their first (and likely last) meal at Doyles. Food selection was limited -but tasty (and abondonza on the fries). Glad to get one last look at the place and the memorabilia. They don't make them like that any more - which isn't a terrible thing (the environmental mitigation when the tear it down will certainly cost $$$) - but it's sad to see the classics go. Love the tin ceiling and all the sagging woodwork! You literally feel the ghosts of the politicians in the photos.

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