Owner of bar that inspired 'Cheers' celebrates 50th anniversary of buying the building


From The New England Council (newenglandcouncil.com)

Tom Kershaw, owner of the Hampshire House, at 84 Beacon St., Boston recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of purchasing the restaurant and event venue. Tom was honored by friends, tourism leaders and elected officials for his major role in driving tourism in Boston.

Mr. Kershaw purchased the Hampshire House in 1969, and he and his partner put a pub in the basement called Bull & Finch. In 1981, this bar served as the inspiration for the TV show Cheers, and has attracted tourists ever since. Among the attendees to celebrate with Mr. Kershaw were Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Lt. Gov Karyn Polito, and New England Council President and CEO Jim Brett.

Lieutenant Governor Polito said, “People around the world still come here. They’re lined up here today to see that special place. It took risk, it took creativity, and it took an individual who knew what he wanted to do to be happy and found the passion to do it. I think that’s a lesson for all of us.”