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Raising the bar at Boston's Grill 23

Grill 23 & Bar celebrates 30 years with a redesigned bar
Christopher Himmel

The past 30 years have seen major changes in the Boston dining scene and today, many of the old yesteryear favorites from the mid-80s have closed, replaced by an ever-shifting number of new destinations. But one longtime favorite spot that opened its doors in 1983, Boston's first top-of-the-line independent steakhouse, remains.
Today, that restaurant, Grill 23 & Bar at the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Sts., is celebrating 30 years this spring with a $1 million renovation of its bar by its original designer, Peter Niemitz & Associates.

Where diners once sipped their cocktails, today, a bright new ambiance sparkles. A formerly blacked out window has been replaced by one that lets the sun shine in. An outdoor patio will open when the weather warms up. The scene is lively, with three big-screen TVs and lots of glass and glitter.

In addition, there's a first time ever bar menu. Diners may still choose from the regular restaurant menu but the new option allows diners to try the new Brandt blended beef burger, and enjoy many other items from appetizers and small bites to mussels.

The past 30 years have brought numerous other steakhouses to Boston, but founder Ken Himmel of Himmel Hospitality Group and son Chris, who grew up in the restaurant and continues to steer the helm, have kept the restaurant on course as a regular winner of honors and awards. Stop by, raise a glass, and celebrate the new bar and a 30-year tradition!

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