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Beacon Hill Books & Cafe Has Opened in Boston

Instagram/Beacon Hill Books & Cafe

[This story first appeared on Boston Restaurant Talk.]

Three years ago, it was reported that a bookstore/cafe would be opening where a nationally-recognized restaurant had shut down, and now we have learned that it has debuted.



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According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Beacon Hill Books & Cafe is now open on Charles Street in Boston, with an Instagram post confirming that it opened its doors this past weekend. The website for the new spot--which has taken over the space where The Hungry I had been--has a note saying "a lovingly curated selection of reads meets a warm atmosphere, pop-ups and literary events, and a full-range menu of locally sourced fare. This shop is our love letter to Boston. A spot to gather, discover, learn, and most of all, have fun. A spot for afternoon tea with friends, or where a solo adventurer can relax with a book and a bite." Beacon Hill Books & Cafe is open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5:00 PM on Sundays (closed Mondays).

The Hungry I first opened in 1981, receiving both local and national recognition over the years, including from TimeOut Boston, USA Today, and Zagat; it shut down in September of 2019.

The address for Beacon Hill Books & Cafe is 71 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114. Its website can be found at

[Earlier Article]
Bookstore and Cafe Planned for Beacon Hill Building That Housed The Hungry I

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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