Forum Restaurant, Damaged In Marathon Bombing, To Close Due To Raised Rent

In this 2014 WBUR file photo, police honor guards stand with a wreath outside Forum, where the second bomb exploded at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Forum is closing March 1, 2015. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)
In this 2014 WBUR file photo, police honor guards stand with a wreath outside Forum, where the second bomb exploded at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Forum is closing March 1, 2015. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

A restaurant that was heavily damaged in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing but later reopened is closing its doors on March 1.

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

The second of two pressure cooker bombs that went off at the marathon’s finish line exploded outside the Forum. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in the attacks. Forum was closed for four months.

Euz Azevedo, president of Boston Nightlife Ventures, said employees will be offered jobs at the company’s other restaurants. The Forum name will be retired.

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

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