Allston will soon be losing a little bit of its soul.
SoulFire, a celebrated barbecue joint located at 182 Harvard Ave. near the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue, will close its doors on Friday (January 20). A call placed to the restaurant on Tuesday night confirmed the news to Vanyaland.
“It was sold, and it’s going to become a different style of restaurant,” an employee tells us. No grand celebrations are planned for Friday — “It’s just a regular day,” the employee says.
The news of SoulFire Allston closing comes a few days after Boston Restaurant Talk reported that the spot’s sister location in Mission Hill/Brigham Circle has also shuttered.
Sources tell Vanyaland the new restaurant to open in its place will be Korean-themed.
SoulFire in Allston has been a destination for nearby residents, college students, and touring bands since it opened, and its all-you-can-eat Monday wing night was a popular hangout.
“I love the process of barbecue, I love eating it,” SoulFire owner Wyeth Lynch told the Phantom Gourmet back in 2013. “I think from a business perspective I just love the idea that we’re providing people with something that they either don’t have the equipment or the time to cook for themselves.”
SoulFire specialized in barbecued meats meats pulled pork, wings, ribs, and brisket, and was also known for its mac & cheese, corn bread and special sauces. Watch a 2013 Phantom Gourmet feature on the restaurant below.