Anthony's Pier 4

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Anthony's Pier 4 is a former restaurant on the South Boston waterfront opened in 1963 by restaurateur Anthony Athanas. By the early 1980s, the restaurant was grossing about twelve million dollars annually, making it one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the United States. The restaurant closed in 2013, and was scheduled to be the site of a condominium complex.[1][2][3][4]

In 1982, the parking lot was the location of the murders of Brian Halloran and Michael Donahue by Whitey Bulger and another associate of the Winter Hill Gang. The murder was later a scene in the 2015 film Black Mass.[5][6]

In the Blizzard of 1978 the Peter Stuyvesant, a former New York City riverboat built in 1927, broke free, listed and sank in Boston Harbor. It was purchased by Anthony's Pier 4 in 1963, functioned as a floating function hall and waiting area for restaurant patrons.[7] The remains of the vessel were left in the harbor beside the pier until February 2017, when it was recovered and scrapped. [8]


  1. ^ Arnett, Alison (21 May 2005). "Anthony Athanas, Boston's iconic restaurateur, dies". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  2. ^ Staff; Driscoll, Edgar; Levenson, Michael (May 23, 2005). "Boston's iconic restaurateur Anthony Athanas dies". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  3. ^ Taylor, David (17 September 2007). "Anthony's Pier 4, the long-standing temple to perfectly cooked seafood, remains Boston's freshest catch". Forbes. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ Logan, Tim (29 March 2016). "Anthony's Pier 4 will fall to wrecking ball". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  5. ^ Murphy, Shelley; Valencia, Milton J. (8 July 2013). "Bulger's former protégé Weeks recounts tutelage". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Porthole stages murder scene for Bulger film". Item Live. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
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  8. ^ "SS Stuyvesant, a casualty of the Blizzard of '78, finally leaves its watery grave". 21 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.

Coordinates: 42°21′04″N 71°02′38″W / 42.351°N 71.044°W / 42.351; -71.044