by Marc Hurwitz
It looks like one of Boston's best-known restaurants is closing, along with its sister spot next door.
According to a post from BosGuy, Tremont 647 in the South End is shutting down on April 1, with the adjoining Sister Sorel also saying goodbye. A poster on the s South End Community Board Facebook group page mentions that owner Andy Husbands announced the news at the Pilot Block Neighborhood Association Party yesterday, while @pilotblock announced the news on Twitter as well. Two of our sources (including one in the restaurant industry) have confirmed the news as well, and while there is chatter about a Japanese dining spot possibly going into the Tremont Street space, very little information on that has come out as of yet.
Tremont 647, which first opened in 1996, is known in part for its modern American fare with global influences as well as its funky vibe; Sister Sorel opened its doors in 2002, offering American fare in a trendy but casual setting. In addition to these two spots, Husbands is also behind The Smoke Shop, a pair of BBQ restaurants in Cambridge's Kendall Square and Boston's Fort Point (a third is being planned for Assembly Row in Somerville).
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