History of Doyle's in Jamaica Plain

  • Dennis Doyle Family Tree

    Dennis Doyle Family Tree
    Dennis Doyle was the patriarch of the Doyle's family. He purchased the first lot on what is currently Doyle's cafe. His brother purchased adjacent properties and ultimately took over the family business.
  • Patrick J Doyle Family Tree

    Patrick J Doyle Family Tree
    Patrick J Doyle, brother of Dennis Doyle, were the patriarchs of the Doyle's Clan
  • Dennis Doyle Purchases JP Home

    Dennis Doyle Purchases JP Home
    Suffolk County Registry of Deeds Loan from Dedham Institute for Savings for home at Glen St & Stony Brook
    Book: 1689 Pages: 492-495
  • Haffenreffer Loan to Mary Doyle

    Haffenreffer Loan to Mary Doyle
    Loan from Rudolph Haffenreffer to Mary Doyle for Lot 22 on Williams Street in JP (then part of West Roxbury); Evidence of a formal relationship between the Doyle's family and the famous JP Brewery Haffenreffer and Co.
    Book 1772; Page 551
    Book 1615 Page 60
    Book 1610; page 364
  • 1896 Map of Doyle's Parcel

    1896 Map of Doyle's Parcel
    in 1896 most of the land of the current day Doyle's was vacant. The two family home that was later purchased by Patrick Doyle from Susanna and Phoebe Cary sits on the corner of Garfield and Washington Streets (now Gartland Street).
  • Dennis Doyle Recorded in Real Estate Tax for Washington Street Parcel

    Dennis Doyle Recorded in Real Estate Tax for Washington Street Parcel
    Dennis Doyle first appears in the City of Boston's official real estate tax ledger as owner of Williams South Side/ SE Corner/ Washington East Side. NO building noted in the tax document as of yet.
  • Doyle's Purchase Washington Street and Williams Street Property from Susanna Cary

    Doyle's Purchase Washington Street and Williams Street Property from Susanna Cary
    Dennis Doyle listed as owner on real estate tax records of parcel at Williams South side; SE corner; Washington East side. The building is listed as 1750 square feet and the building value is listed as $1200.
    Book 2379, Page 634
  • Patrick Doyle Grocery at 3482 Washington Street

    Patrick Doyle Grocery at 3482 Washington Street
    in the 1898 tax record (as of 5/1/1897) Patrick Doyle is listed as paying taxes as a grocer at 3482 Washington St. Dennis Doyle is paying real estate tax on a building for the first time. A vacant store at 3480 is also listed. This suggests the original Doyle's was built between May 1896 and May 1897.
  • Patrick J Doyle Purchases Washington Street/ Garfield Street Parcel

    Patrick J Doyle Purchases Washington Street/ Garfield Street Parcel
    Patrick J Doyle, brother of Dennis Doyle, purchases the parcel and 2 family home on the corner of Washington Street/ Garfield (now Gartland) Street Parcel from Susanna Cary. This is the property adjacent to the property Dennis Doyle owns. In the 1900 Census, this property was listed as 3474 Washington Street.
    Book 2532; Pages 122-125
  • Patrick Purchases Home at 3474-3476 Washington Street

    Patrick Purchases Home at 3474-3476 Washington Street
    Patrick Doyle is listed in the Registry of Deeds as purchasing the land and home on the corner of Garfield (now Gartland) and Washington Streets from Susanna Cary.
    Book 2532; Page 124.
  • 1899 Map of Doyle's Parcel

    1899 Map of Doyle's Parcel
    Between 1896 and 1897 the buildings at the corner of Washington and Williams streets that eventually became Doyles was built.
  • 1899 Doyle's Business Growth

    1899 Doyle's Business Growth
    in 1899 the Doyle's grocery is a growing family affair with Dennis Doyle (age 60), his son Bernard Doyle (age 29),and his brother Patrick J Doyle employed as Grocers. They are listed as still living on a separate property at 74 and 100 Boylston Ave.
  • 1900 Census Dennis and Patrick Doyle Families

    1900 Census Dennis and Patrick Doyle Families
    Brothers Dennis and Patrick Doyle & families are listed as residing at 3474 and 3476 Washington Street respectively. Dennis Doyle (husband) - 56
    Mary Doyle (wife) - 58
    John Doyle (son) - 19
    Francis Doyle (son) - 14
    Mary (daughter) - 24
    Margaret (daughter) - 21
    Lila (daughter) - 17
    Catherine Bell (daughter) - 30 Patrick Doyle (husband/ Brother to Dennis) - 38
    Jane Doyle (wife) - 33
    Jeannette (daughter) - 5
    Evelyn (daughter) - 3
  • Dennis Doyle Dies

    Dennis Doyle Dies
    Dennis Doyle's tombstone and those of the other Doyle's family members is at Mt. Cavalry Cemetery in West Roxbury. Tax records show that Dennis Doyle died without a will. His probate case file was 115952.
  • Saloon by Doyle Appears!

    Saloon by Doyle Appears!
    Bernard Doyle, son of Dennis is listed in the tax records as working for the saloon which is listed at 3480 Washington Street. The land owned by the now deceased Dennis Doyle goes to his many heirs. Patrick J Doyle's occupation is listed as a grocer or "provisions"
  • 1905 Map of Doyle's Parcel

    1905 Map of Doyle's Parcel
    In 1905 many changes were underway. The City of Boston was preparing to take land for the construction of the Stonybrook Culvert. The Doyle's map and tax statements indicate a minor expansion of 173 feet to the 1750 square foot plot at 3480/3482 Washington Street. By 1905, a large amount of land had been purchased by Patrick J Doyle, Dennis Doyle's younger brother.
  • City of Boston Takes Land for Stonybrook Culvert

    City of Boston Takes Land for Stonybrook Culvert
    In July 1906, the process of taking land for the Stony Brook culvert began. Various documents related to the construction of the Stony Brook culvert and sewerage works can be found [HERE (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jH0UD0cNGes6mJzp3dIcej4v7GBaTueE) JPHS has written about the Stony Brook HERE
  • Registry of Deeds Taking of Land from Doyles for Stonybrook

    Registry of Deeds Taking of Land from Doyles for Stonybrook
    in 1906, the City of Boston took land for the stonybrook sewerage project. Book 3151; Page 119
  • Doyle's Expands!

    Doyle's Expands!
    Book 3151. Page 119
  • Doyles Plot Expands

    Doyles Plot Expands
    By 1913 the Doyle's Family owned the entire plot (as well as many others) between Garfield and Williams Streets. This map shows how Patrick Doyle and the heirs of Dennis Doyle (died in 1900) own different plots while the City of Boston owns the corner plot due to the construction of the Stony Brook Culvert. Another version of the parcels can be found HERE
  • Prohibition Arrives

    Prohibition Arrives
    in 1919, states voted to ratify the 18th amendment which banned the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcohol across the United States. Doyle's tax records and maps from the prohibition years can be found HERE.
  • Doyle's Speakeasy

    Doyle's Speakeasy
    in 1919, B.F. Doyle's Liquors officially closed its doors but continued to operate a speakeasy! Doyle's weathered prohibition with help from friend and partner William Burke. In 1897, William Burke emigrated from Galway and went straight to Doyle’s Cafe to look for work. By 1902, William Burke owned John Sheehan’s Tavern, also in JP. During prohibition, Burke turned his tavern into a confectioners, a front for a bootleg liquor operation which supplied Doyle's' speakeasy.
  • Patrick J Doyle Dies

    Patrick J Doyle Dies
    Patrick Doyle, brother of Dennis Doyle, passes away. The pallbearers at his funeral were former Lt. Governor Edward P. Barry, and William Burke of Jamaica Plain, among others. Francis Doyle took over the Doyle's family businesses some 10 years prior to PJ Doyle's death
  • Prohibition Ends and Braddock Cafe Opens!

    Prohibition Ends and Braddock Cafe Opens!
    When Prohibition ended in 1933, it’s said that Mayor Curley himself presented Doyle’s with the reinstated liquor license. Patrick Doyle signs a deal with a distillery that would change the name of the pub to the Braddock Cafe (after Braddock Rye) which was also a convenient nod to the Irish heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock popular among the Boston Irish. Tax records for Braddock Cafe can be found HERE
  • New Deal Era Murals Painted at Doyle's

    New Deal Era Murals Painted at Doyle's
    The CWA's Public Works of Art Project, a new deal era program for artists commissioned Max Beichel, a German immigrant living in Jamaica Plain to paint several murals depicting moments of American history at Doyle's
  • Bernard Doyle Dies

    Bernard Doyle Dies
    The second owner of Doyle's was Bernard Doyle or Barney Doyle. He was the catalyst behind the liquor business and turned over the company to his brother Francis J Doyle. *Date of death may not be accurate
  • William Doyle Takes Over Doyle's from Francis Doyle

    William Doyle Takes Over Doyle's from Francis Doyle
    Francis Doyle's nephew, William Doyle (also Patrick J Doyle's son) took over the family business. William was a former Police Officer.
  • Eddie Burke takes over Doyle's in 1972

    Eddie Burke takes over Doyle's in 1972
    in 1972, William Doyle was ready to exit his family business. He sold the bar to Eddie Burke, the son of the long time family friend and former business partner William Burke, who ran another bar in the area (John Sheehan's Tavern) and later produced the liquor that stocked the Speakeasy at Doyle's during prohibition.
  • Brinks Job Filmed at Doyles

    Brinks Job Filmed at Doyles
  • Doyle's First Beer to Pour Sam Adams on Tap

    Doyle's First Beer to Pour Sam Adams on Tap
    Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer, launched the modern craft beer movement. As the first bar to serve Sam Adams on tap, Doyle's played a special role in Boston Beer's history; many of the company's milestones took place at Doyle's: in 1995, their post-IPO celebration was at Doyle's, they interviewed their first brewmaster at Doyles. Today, Boston Beer is the world's largest craft brewery. This partnership continued Doyle's history as a key player in American beer history since the 1800s.
  • The Fitzgerald Room Dedication

    The Fitzgerald Room Dedication
    In 1988, the Fitzgerald Room was dedicated to honor “Honey Fitz” and raise the profile of Senator Ted Kennedy in Jamaica Plain in anticipation of his run for the US Presidency. The Fitzgerald room was also known as the "community room" and host to countless political events and local gatherings, a tradition we hope will continue.The walls are covered in photographs recognizing the legacy of the entire Kennedy clan. The back alcove in this room was named after Mayor Menino.
  • Celtic's Pride Filmed at Doyle's

    Celtic's Pride Filmed at Doyle's
    other TV shows and movies filmed at Doyles include Boston Public, Mystic River, Brinks Job, 21, and Patriots Day: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doyle%27s_Cafe
  • Patriots Day Filmed at Doyles

    Patriots Day Filmed at Doyles
  • Politicians at Doyle's

    Politicians at Doyle's
    Doyle's is a must stop for any politician seeking to connect with voters. From candidate forums to election celebrations, Doyle's is a home away from home for politicians representing Bostonians in City Council ,the Attorney General's Office, the US Senators as well aspiring Presidential candidates!
  • More Politicians at Doyle's

    More Politicians at Doyle's
    Doyle's is a must stop for any politician seeking to connect with voters. From candidate forums to election celebrations, Doyle's is a home away from home for politicians representing Bostonians in City Council ,the Attorney General's Office, the US Senators as well aspiring Presidential candidates!
  • More Politicians at Doyle's

    More Politicians at Doyle's