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Happy Swallow changing to Railroad Six Sports Grill

February 3rd, 2011

I have only been to the Happy Swallow once, which you can read about here.  I haven’t been back but not because I didn’t like it but I just haven’t got to it, time flies by and before you know it, it’s being sold to a new set of owners.
I just read this article in the MWDN that describes the plans the new owners have for the place which will focus on food more than the Swallow did.  I’ll try to check out the new place which will be called Railroad Six Sports Grill.  Good luck to them and I look forward to checking it out.  Read the article here:


  1. Too bad. The new name isn’t half as clever as the old one.

    Comment by Chad February 3, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  2. Dammit, I love that place! They had better not take all the duct tape off the booth cushions!

    Comment by Joker February 3, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

  3. Actually kinda sad to see this – it certainly was quite the ‘dive’

    Comment by Framinghamite February 3, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  4. I think its great. Time for downtown to move in a new direction !

    Comment by frank February 4, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

  5. I read about the Swallow’s demise with shock and disappointment. Love it (as I do) or hate it, it is a singular establishment in the Ham and one of a dying breed of “bar bar”. Do we really need another “sports bar” casual restaurant? These generic places seem to come and go with regularity.

    The Swallow must have done something right to last as long as they did. Despite its sometimes fearsome reputation, I always felt comfortable in there and had a great time. I went to hear great local blues bands like the Ten Foot Polecats, now breaking out nationally, which I’m guessing the new place won’t have.

    I’ll have to go down for one last toast to a Framingham institution.

    Comment by Brett February 6, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  6. If you’re looking for a rough and tumble place to replace the Swallow, try the bar at the Nobscot Cafe. Actually, if you sit in the cafe area, the food is good and cheap. And no fights will break out. 🙂

    I’m for any type of change in the downtown area. I avoid it like the plague.

    Comment by Chris February 8, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  7. Very Very sad.
    My brothers and I spend many wonderful nights at the Happy Swallow. Also it was the place to go with all your friends. It is a damn shame.

    Fran Provost

    Comment by fran provost February 11, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

  8. I would never compare Nobscot’s to the Swallow !!!
    It’s a great place to eat & hang out. You will meet a lot of “townies” but their honest, hard-working citizens.

    Comment by Local February 23, 2011 @ 11:18 am

  9. Wow, Nobscot’s Cafe` described as “rough and tumble”? That’s a new one on me. It’s my local pub and it’s pretty tame!

    As “Local” said, it’s a townie hang, in a very good way. I would expect less trouble at Nobscot’s than I would at half of the Route 9 strip-sprawl bars, frankly.

    Since the Swallow’s days are numbered, what do folks think will succeed it as the Ham’s number one “bar bar”?

    Comment by Brett February 26, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  10. Hey Brett,

    Yes, it is a real shame about the Swallow. I played for their sponsored softball team in the 80″s in Framingham.

    It’s getting down to a precious few, one great bar bar, in my opinion is the Han Dynasty. Lots of locals, not a lot of trouble, fairly priced drinks. Not a bar bar, but has the atmosphere of one.

    Comment by MAC February 27, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

  11. I will miss the Happy Swallow and the staff, Pete Philis not sure how to spell it. my dad’s buddy I have been going there for years and it’s my first stop for Marathon Monday since 1999 and was there later for 5 years

    Comment by Bobby April 14, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  12. I didn’t see an entertainment schedule on the web page. If it is there, it is not obvious. We will be there on Friday. Can’t wait to see the place.

    Comment by tammy Moschella April 18, 2011 @ 8:43 am

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