Source: The Boston Globe
Euz Azevedo is relieved that he no longer has to drive down Boylston Street and see the front of his restaurant, Forum, all boarded up.
But now that the plywood is finally down for Thursday’s reopening, Azevedo faces a new challenge: jump-starting a business that is also the site of one of the city’s biggest tragedies — the Boston Marathon bombings.
He is understandably nervous. He grasps the enormity of Forum’s return. It is the last of the Boylston Street businesses hit by the attacks to reopen.
“Like it or not, it’s a part of history now,” Azevedo said. “It’s something we can’t tell people not to think about. It’s affected a lot of people.”
Forum, which is changing its name slightly to Forum Bar & Restaurant, was the site of the second blast during the April 15 attacks that killed three people and injured 264 others. It reopens with a private fund-raiser in support of former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi’s charitable foundation. Andruzzi was hosting a fund-raiser there the day of the Marathon.
Closing Forum was never an option for the 33-year-old Azevedo. Instead, he decided it was time to start fresh.
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