Top of the Hub & Skywalk Observatory to Close
After more than 54 years of service to the Boston community, it is with great disappointment that we announce the closing of the Top of the Hub Restaurant & Lounge and Skywalk Observatory on April 18, 2020. The announcement was made on January 15, 2020 by Select Restaurants, Inc., owner and operator of the Restaurant and Observatory. The closures are the result of the decision of Boston Properties Inc., owners of The Prudential Tower, not to provide a new lease for the venues despite several years of discussion.
While our Restaurant and Observatory have hosted many famous people over the years, it is the thousands of patrons from Greater Boston who celebrated countless engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions who will miss it the most.
John Quagliata, Chairman of Select Restaurants, Inc., said the lack of a new lease is not due to management failure, an inability to pay escalating rents, or a down turn in business. He said, “Despite continued sales growth, a commitment to once again invest millions of dollars in the restaurant, and our heartfelt desire to operate the restaurant as we have for decades, Boston Properties chose not to extend our lease.”
“We are respectful of our staff, our family, we wanted them to learn the news directly from ownership and management,” Quagliata said.
Over the years, Top of the Hub became a favorite choice for family traditions from birthdays to commencement dinners. The restaurant stands as a universally popular setting for marriage proposals, with many couples returning annually to mark anniversaries. We hope to greet many of our longtime guests one last time before our closure.
“Our long-tenured staff is making preparations to continue to welcome friends and clients over the coming months,” Alan Donatelli, President and Chief Operating Officer, said. “Our guests will continue to experience the exceptional food and hospitality they have come to experience for more than 50 years. We are proud to have a family of great, committed professionals working with us to positively contribute to Top of the Hub’s storied success.”
We look forward to creating one more memory with us as we and invite you to make a reservations with us before we close on April 18, 2020, please call (617) 536-1775 or online.