Remnant Brewing will take over Atwood’s space, and musicians will stay part of the new offerings (updated)
Remnant Brewing of Somerville is hoping to open a branch near Cambridge’s Inman Square in midsummer, replacing the beloved Atwood’s Tavern that closed March 31 at 877 Cambridge St., in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood.
There will be music at the new Remnant, which has not been named as of Monday, though the calendar of bands “may be not as robust as what Atwood’s had,” a spokesperson for Remnant said.
David Kushner, Remnant’s chief executive, offered more hope in a Monday email for fans of the closed restaurant, bar and performance space: “Atwood’s was always a Remnant favorite because of the beautiful space, amazing staff and the live music. In addition to expanding the types of entertainment, we plan on booking a lot of the same bands that guests came to love and expect at Atwood’s.”
An emailed press release Monday said the “momentous decision has been brewing ever since the successful launch of our Bow Market taproom in Somerville” in Union Square in 2018 – but the closing of Atwood’s meant Remnant was able to find an ideal location.
Atwood’s “was deeply cherished by the local community. We aim to carry on its legacy as a community-forward watering hole while bringing Remnant’s beer, coffee and experience to the space,” the press release said.
“The beer menu will be full of Remnant beers, but we’re also planning on keeping one to two other drafts that were staples at Atwood’s,” Kushner said. “In addition to beer, there will be other alcoholic and nonalcoholic offerings for folks that prefer a mixed cocktail, wine, cider or nonalcoholic draft. We’re also excited to bring a full service coffee shop to the space. So when you visit, you can grab a cappuccino or espresso shot and then stick around for a beer or three.”
The opening date will depend on city licensing, Remnant said. Those meetings are ongoing, and Kushner said the opening would be “as soon as possible.”
Atwood’s opened in 2006, run by Patrick Magee and Ryan Magee in a location that had been shuttered for more than a year. It was a family business, launched with a loan from parents and plotted from their home upstairs in the same building, according to a 2010 visit to the License Commission to add another hour of service. The request had overwhelming neighborhood support. On March 1, owners announced the closing, saying: “While we don’t know yet who will be picking up the mantle, we are confident that they will provide the neighborhood with the community space it deserves.”
This post was updated May 15, 2023, with comments from David Kushner.