The Fo’csle was the spiritual ancestor of the Old Colony; the premier dive bar in its day. That’s a compliment. (By the way, it’s impossible to punctuate correctly even if you’re sober. Variants include Foc’sle, Fo’c’sle and Fo’cs’le.) It shared bartenders with the Old Colony, like Mike “Moon” Henrique. Joseph Perry and Sylvester Santos ran the place. The maritime décor was by James Wingate Parr. It had been Johnny “Mott” Viera’s New Deal Tavern, which moved here from No. 333, and the Flamingo restaurant. It later became Fat Jack’s Café, managed by Richard Blanchette. Sara Cole transformed it into the Squealing Pig in 2001. “The Pig” quickly became a favored musical venue. It also factored into a controversy in 2013 that ended with the dismissal of Police Chief Jeff Jaran, in part over his comportment here one election night.
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