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Iconic 'Cheers' Bar in Boston Is Closing Permanently After 20 Years — What Happened?

Jaimie-lee Prince
Aug 21, 2020
06:20 P.M.
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Fans of the sitcom "Cheers" will no longer be able to sit down in the show's Boston replica bar. The place is shutting down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Tuesday, Markus Ripperger, the CEO of a "Cheers" bar in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, announced that the establishment would be closing down due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The building was done in the likeness of the bar often shown in the popular '80s sitcom. Unfortunately, fans of the show will only be able to enjoy visiting there for a few more days.

The cast of "Cheers" George Wendt, Shelley Long, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer, Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Razenberger pose for a portrait | Photo: Getty Images

The cast of "Cheers" George Wendt, Shelley Long, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer, Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Razenberger pose for a portrait | Photo: Getty Images

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"CHEERS" REPLICA BAR TO CLOSE

According to WBZ-TV, who received the news, the bar is due to close down officially on August month-end. It follows 20 years of operation. The business is also called the Faneuil Hall bar and restaurant.

Ripperger reportedly attributed the shut down to the Marketplace's landlord who refused to forgive missed rent earlier this year when COVID-19 hit the nation. There were also financial fallouts from the coronavirus crisis.

Another restaurant that was previously named the Bull & Finch Pub is located on Beacon Street. It was the original inspiration for the series and was later renamed to Cheers Beacon Hill. It will remain open.

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AWARDS AND NEAR-CANCELATION

"Cheers" ran from 1982 to 1993 and was the jump-off for many stars, including Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long, and Ted Danson. The show won 28 Emmy Awards and was nominated 117 times.

In 1983, the series won Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, which went to Long.

The cast of "Cheers" pose at the end of the "Cheers" reunion show in Aspen, Colorado in March 7, 1998 | Photo: Getty Images

The cast of "Cheers" pose at the end of the "Cheers" reunion show in Aspen, Colorado in March 7, 1998 | Photo: Getty Images

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While the second year of the show saw great success, "Cheers" was nearly canceled after season one. Despite abysmal ratings, NBC entertainment Brandon Tartikoff pushed for it to stay on the air.

WRITERS WERE REAL AND BOLD

After that, ratings picked up. Viewers perhaps loved "Cheers" because it was sometimes based on real conversations from Los Angeles bars where the creators visited.

It could also be about the writers' willingness to delve into prevailing social issues like alcoholism and sexuality. However, an episode that was planned to give the character Sam Malone an HIV scare was canceled due to a strike.

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Ted Danson plays Sam Malone in "Cheers" | Photo: Getty Images

Ted Danson plays Sam Malone in "Cheers" | Photo: Getty Images

TED DANSON LOOK GREAT AT 72

Sam was played by actor Ted Danson, who is now 72 years old and has remained active in the industry. Sam was the main character who played the owner at the "Cheers" bar.

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Still handsome, Danson recently received an Emmy nomination for his role in Netflix's "The Good Place." Despite his many accolades, the gray-haired actor was very grateful for the honor.

Back when he filmed "Cheers," Danson sported a full brown head of hair. What many might not know is that he added a hairpiece to better portray his obsession with his hair. The show ultimately ended because Danson left.

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