Restaurant damaged in marathon bombings to close, cites rent

The Forum closed for four months

BOSTON (AP) — A restaurant that was heavily damaged in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings but later reopened is closing its doors on Sunday.

The Forum’s owner announced Tuesday its rent is being tripled, making it “financially impossible” to operate at the Back Bay location on Boylston Street.

The second of two pressure cooker bombs at the 2013 marathon’s finish line exploded outside the Forum. Three people were killed in the attack. More than 260 were injured. The Forum closed for four months.

Boston Nightlife Ventures president Euz Azevedo says Forum employees will be offered jobs at the company’s other restaurants and the Forum name will be retired.

He thanks staff and patrons for their support. He says, “We cried together, we smiled together — none of those times will be forgotten.”

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