Chef/owner Larry Matthews has announced his decision to permanently close Back Bay Grill.
I have come to the conclusion that it is time to close the doors to Back Bay Grill and say goodbye. This was not easy, but it is time for me to step out of the kitchen, and move on.
Thank you for sharing your lives with me. Your laughter, and stories. Your special occasions, and family milestones. Thank you for the years. It’s been wonderful in so many ways. You became part of my family, and I loved cooking for you, and seeing the joy Back Bay Grill added to your day.
I was fortunate to have such incredible staff over the years, and they too are part of my family.
I’d like to thin k we did Joel proud. He was a constant presence and a guide for me.
I will be emptying the restaurant over the next few weeks, and selling equipment and other items. Feel free to reach out to me if there is something you’d like to purchase, or ask about.
Back Bay Grill will live on in my memory, as I hope it does in yours.
I wish you all the very best,
Larry Matthews, Jr.
Back Bay Grill was founded in 1988 by Steve Quatrucci who sold the business to Joel Freund two years later. Larry Mathews joined the Back Bay Grill team as its chef in 1996 and became the owner in 2002. The announcement yesterday has triggered a wave of comments on the facebook post from customers and former staff sharing memories and thanks to Mathews.
For additional reporting see these articles from the Bangor Daily News and the Press Herald.