When first time visitors to Boston get “thirsty” the first place that comes to mind is, “where everybody knows your name” and because of returning patrons like “Cheers” star George Wendt, “they are always glad you came”. The legendary Cheers landmark is shared by two different locations only miles away from each other. The Replica Cheers Bar is located in Fanueil Hall and the Set Bar is located on Beacon Hill where “Norm Peterson” stopped in unexpectedly last week. Wendt was in the city promoting his new book, Drinking with George. A book that has similar qualities as your favorite drinking buddy. It shares personal stories of Wendt growing up, useful facts about lager, ale and stout, and wise cracking one-liners.
Cheers General Manager Billy DeCain told us that he was pleasantly surprised when he got a call from the Boston Herald letting him know they were going to conduct a sit down interview with Wendt at the Cheers location. “We open our doors at 11 a.m and in walks George Wendt,” DeCain said. DeCain told us that he took a seat at his stool and drank a soda while he chatted and took pictures with the lunch crowd. We wonder if “Norm” walked through the door saying “Afternoon Everybody”, as he did on “Cheers”. DeCain also mentioned that they are trying to get Wendt to return to the Set Bar later this year for a book signing.
The Replica Cheers Bar also just opened a Comedy Club with the assistance of the Boston Comedy Festival. With headlines like Steve Sweeney, I’m sure people will be “cheering” it up. Check out the Cheers blog for photos of Wendt during his interview.