by Marc Hurwitz
What was once a popular regional chain of restaurants could soon be down to just three locations, as one of its outlets is planning to close--and it might be replaced by a bar known for its lobster rolls, steak tips, and more.
According to an article in The Enterprise, Bickford's in Brockton is looking to shut down for good around the end of the year, and it is currently working on a deal with the owner of Tommy Doyle's Pub & Grill, which would move from its current nearby location on North Pearl Street to the Bickford's space on Oak Street. If the deal goes through, this would leave only three remaining locations of Bickford's--in Acton, Burlington, and Woburn. (At its peak in the 1990s, the Bickford's chain had approximately 70 locations in New England.)
Doyle's Pub and Grill has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as a place to go for classic American fare, pub grub, and regional food, including a lobster roll that has been picked as being one of the best in the Greater Boston area. The review can be found at this link:
The address for Bickford's is 37 Oak Street Extension while the address for Doyle's is 327 North Pearl Street.
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A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area