Versus to Open in Former Gem Space in Downtown Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant and arcade bar is coming to the heart of Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Versus is opening on Province Street in the city's Downtown Crossing area, and it will be taking over the space where Gem Restaurant and Lounge had been. The post says that Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG), which was behind Gem, is also behind the new place, which will serve pub food along with beer, wine, and cocktails, while also having "retro-modern" arcade games inside the space. If all goes as planned, Versus will be opening sometime this fall.

Gem first opened on Province Street in the spring of 2012, taking over the old Kennedy's Midtown space; other restaurants and bars run by BNEG include CBS Sporting Club, Empire, Explorateur, The Grand, Red Lantern, and Scorpion Bar.

The address for the upcoming Versus is 42 Province Street, Boston, MA, 02108. Its website is at

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