Restaurant Owner: Closure Not 'Cute And Natural' Like Hibernation

Alex Newman

SOMERVILLE, MA — Three more Somerville dining spots will shut their doors for the winter as the restaurant industry continues to flounder in the pandemic.

The Painted Burro and Rosebud in Davis Square will close after business hours Dec. 31. Squeeze Juice Company closed all of its Boston-area locations, including the one at Assembly Row, the day after Christmas.

Business owners say the combination of restrictive policies and lack of aid left them struggling to stay above water. The state reduced capacity limits to 25 percent on Saturday.

"Due to the new government restrictions and guidelines, we have served our last smoothie for the time being," a statement on the Squeeze Facebook page reads. "We have made the gut-wrenching decision to take our business into INVOLUNTARY hibernation until we can see our path toward reopening and staying open."

The term hibernation has been used to describe restaurants that are closing until the weather is warmer or a treatment for the coronavirus vaccine is widely available. A message on the Rosebud Facebook page took aim at the term, saying it "feels cute and natural."

"This is anything but that," the statement continued. "We need aid & relief from our city & government that we just aren't getting right now."

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This article originally appeared on the Somerville Patch