The owners Allston Yacht Club, part of a new generation of upscale Echo Park restaurants and bars, today abruptly announced the closure of the nearly four-year-old bar and restaurant. Customers had been told late last month that the Allston Yacht Club would be closing for several weeks to rebuild the roof. But a post on the AYC Facebook page made it clear that the Echo Park Avenue restaurant known as AYC would not be reopening. “You, the friends of AYC, kept us going as long as we have. For that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” according to the Facebook posting. But co-owner Bill DiDonna said he and partner Charles Kelly plan to reopen a new restaurant in the same space.
DiDonna, in a phone interview, said that the concept and name of the new restaurant had not been finalized but it would be totally different from AYC, which featured a a small-plates menu and full bar. Work on the roof would take about four weeks to complete, and that would be followed by the remodeling of the interior, he said. No date has been set for the new restaurant to open.
DiDonna and Kelly, friends who once worked in the film industry, opened the Allston Yacht Club, in October 2008 during a furious, week-long renovation. The name of the restaurant refers to a Boston suburb near where the the owners grew up.