Roslindale may get Irish pub

If all goes according to plan, restaurateurs John Jacob and his wife Niamh hope to open a “neighborhood Irish pub” where recently closed Robyn’s Bar and Grill stood at 4195 Washington St. in Roslindale.

Robyn’s Bar and Grill, located at 4195 Washington St. in Roslindale, recently closed.

The Jacobs opened Napper Tandy’s on 46 Day St. in Norwood in 2003 and have been working for two years to open an as-yet-unnamed eatery in Jamaica Plain at 3700 Washington St., John Jacob said in an interview last week.

He was cagey with details about his vision for Robyn’s, formally owned by Anne and Mike Reddington of Milton, but did reveal plans to employ locals when the newest incarnation opens.

“We’ll be hiring from the Roslindale/West Roxbury area. … It’s good for business,” he said.

A past resident of West Roxbury, Jacob said, “I like the city,” and also admired the developments taking place in Roslindale Village.

“Roslindale is a good place to get your roots in,” he said about why he picked the neighborhood as the locale for his newest venture.

When asked about the menu for the Roslindale restaurant, Jacob said, “simple but good is what we’re looking to do.” He has been bouncing around several concepts, but would not confirm exactly what culinary creations will be available there or at the Jamaica Plain locale.

Although opening two new eateries at the same time was not his original game plan, said Jacob, the opportunity to revamp Robyn’s was too good to pass up.

So far, Jacob revealed that he and his wife have gone through the licensing process with the city and have the contract to buy the property, but nothing has been closed yet.

However, Jacob praised Boston’s Neighborhood Development Department staff members for their accessibility and help in pushing the project forward.

Source: Julie M. Cohen,


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