Two days after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring scores, the country has come together to support the city, and restaurants in Boston are also stepping up to help out those in need. While some remain closed, others are giving out free food and still others are donating a portion of their proceeds toward victims’ aid.
As of 5 p.m. yesterday, nearly 30 bars and restaurants were closed as a direct result of the bombings. Forum, which was essentially the epicenter of the second bomb, will be closed indefinitely as it’s now a crime scene and will need to be rebuilt. Other shuttered restaurants include Abe & Louie’s, L’Espalier, the Copley Square and Prudential Center locations of Legal Sea Foods, The Capital Grille, Towne Stove and Spirits, and Lolita Cocina. You can find a full list here.
Restaurants are also thanking first responders, EMS, firefighters, and police officers in their own way, as well. Many provided free meals for them yesterday, and some still are doing so today and tonight. Fire and Ice is offering free meals, Estelle's was offering free burgers as of last night; The Brahmin is offering free meals to displaced workers and residents; Legal Sea Foods is offering free chowder for anyone who shows a badge; and Jack’s Abby Brewing is holding a fundraiser tonight at The Tavern in Framingham from 3 p.m. to close.
More than 40 local restaurants will also be donating a portion of tonight’s proceeds (between 10 and 25 percent) to the Greg Hill Foundation. These funds will go directly to the families of the victims of the attack. Participating restaurants include Avila, Davio’s, locations of Max and Dylan’s and Salvatore’s, Tavern Road, and Russell House Tavern. You can find the full list of participating restaurants here.