David Ray, the owner of the venerable Locke-Ober, called this morning to confirm what a city already knew. He has sold the building on Winter Place in Downtown Crossing, shuttered his restaurant, and is moving on.
“All done,” Ray said, pausing for a moment. “I think we gave it a good effort.
“Here’s what I was faced with,” Ray continued. “I had a choice. Make Locke-Ober more casual, lower our standards to conform with the way society is today, or I could close it. I could close it with its history and its dignity intact. Because, frankly, it looked as good as it’s ever looked. The service was good, and the food was good.”
“It’s unfortunate,” Ray continued. “It’s bittersweet for me. I’ve owned it since 1978.”
An Update Alert: Wait! It seems the restaurant might be sold — and reopened in a year under new ownership, complete with old dark mahogany bar and paneling. That’s great news for all you traditionalists, which, in Boston, means just about everyone.