For many years, Top of the Hub has soared above the Back Bay on the Prudential Tower’s 52nd ground, serving as one of the finest vantage factors for getting a glimpse at the twinkling metropolis beneath.
But after more than 54 years in business, the award-winning restaurant and lounge is closing down, together with the Skywalk Observatory situated on the 50th ground.
On Wednesday, Select Restaurants, Inc., which owns and operates the restaurant and observatory, introduced in a press launch that the final day for each locations will be April 18. The determination to not renew the venues’ leases was attributed to Boston Properties Inc., house owners of The Prudential Tower.
“Despite continued sales growth, a commitment to once again invest millions of dollars in the restaurant, and our heartfelt desire to operate the restaurant as we have for decades, Boston Properties chose not to extend our lease,” mentioned John Quagliata, chairman of Select Restaurants, Inc.
Quagliata additionally shared that the restaurant workers was knowledgeable of the closure on Wednesday. More than 200 workers, some who’ve labored at the restaurant for many years, will lose their jobs.
Boston Properties Inc. advised The Boston Globe that they’re “planning an exciting new design for an observatory at Prudential Center that will provide a world-class visitor experience for visitors to Boston. We thank the community in advance for their patience during the construction process and look forward to sharing plans for this exciting new experience.”
Top of the Hub opened in 1965, attracting diners in search of breathtaking views and a romantic ambiance, with numerous proposals happening over Boston cream pies and crème brûlées. It has additionally remained a dear institution to frequent: Steaks common round $55, seafood entrées round $40, and cocktails round $15. The Skywalk Observatory is an funding as properly, with grownup tickets priced at $21. Still, each the restaurant and observatory are considered as Boston icons, and the closure comes as a loss for individuals who celebrated main life moments excessive above the metropolis.
With just a few months remaining earlier than it shutters, Top of the Hub plans to take a business-as-usual method.
“Our long-tenured staff is making preparations to continue to welcome friends and clients over the coming months,” mentioned Alan Donatelli, president and chief working officer of Select Restaurants, Inc., in an announcement. “Our guests will continue to experience the exceptional food and hospitality they have come to experience for more than 50 years. We are proud to have a family of great, committed professionals working with us to positively contribute to Top of the Hub’s storied success.”