Tom Kershaw Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Purchasing Hampshire House

NEC Board Member Tom Kershaw, owner of the Hampshire House, recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of purchasing the establishment. Tom was honored by friends, tourism leaders, and elected officials for his major role in driving tourism in Boston.

Tom 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.  The Hampshire House also hosts a number of NEC events throughout the year.   Among the attendees to celebrate with Tom were Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Lieutenant Governor 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.”

The NEC congratulates Tom on 50 wonderful years of ownership, and thanks him for making such a massive contribution to the city of Boston’s culture.

Read more from Bill Brett Boston and Massachusetts It’s All Here.

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