Addis Red Sea in Boston's South End Remains Open; Sale Talk Appears to Be Over

A year and a half ago, we reported that a South End restaurant was on the selling block after being in business for more than a quarter century. Now it appears that the place may no longer be for sale, and the longtime owner is now apparently meeting with the city about its license.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Addis Red Sea has applied for what appears to be a new common victualler license to continue to operate on Tremont Street. The listing shows the manager of record as being Misrak Assefa; a GoFundMe page from October of 2015 indicated that Assefa was asking for help in keeping the restaurant from closing, and a month later, we received word that the place was up for sale. No further news came out about the proposed sale, and while the monetary goal on the GoFundMe page was not met, the dining spot has remained open.

Addis Red Sea, which first opened in the late 1980s, also had a location on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, that closed down in 2013 after being open for only a short time.

The address for Addis Red Sea is 544 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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