The bars in Kenmore Square and the Back Bay filled up early Wednesday evening, with fans eager to watch and celebrate the World Series together. WGBH’s Anne Mostue reports on the decision some made to return to the scene of the marathon bombing on a day with a very different mood.
The Forum Bar and Restaurant filled up quickly – some customers made reservations, others walked in early.
Jason Solomon of Newton joined friends at The Forum, which was the site of the second bombing on Marathon Monday.
“We’re here because it’s game 6 and because of the Red Sox. But on a secondary factor, if we’re going to have to spend money, it feels good to spend it on a restaurant that was affected by the marathon bombings.”
Solomon and his friend Derek Weener seemed comfortable at the bar, which was the last restaurant to reopen after taking four months to complete cleanup, repairs and renovations.
“We’ve come here before it was Forum and before they’ve redone it so it’s kind of an interesting juxtaposition when you think about the differences,” Weener said.
That juxtaposition was clear – this bar was the site of perhaps the best and worse moments in Boston in 2013.
And while I didn’t find any patrons who’d been here on marathon Monday, manager Chris Loper said Game 6 really felt like any other big game day. Especially when the crowd reacted to Stephen Drew’s 4th inning home run.