Son to Take Over Same Old Place
Eric Ciampa will take over the longstanding JP restaurant after the death of his father, Fred Ciampa.
Same Old Place will be getting a change.
Pending some paperwork with the city, Eric Ciampa will take over management duties at Same Old Place, a 40-year pizza-and-sub institution in Jamaica Plain.
Fred Ciampa, the restaurant’s founding owner, died last July at age 69.
Eric Ciampa opened Hyde Square’s Slice O’ Pie restaurant in February 2011, but the shop closed abruptly in June 2012. Ciampa had trouble with the city over its licenses early in the year, but the JPNC affirmed Ciampa’s licenses in May 2012. The shop closed one week later, due ultimately to a “spat with the landlord,” a source says.
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council member Michael Reiskind said at a Jan. 29 meeting that a city board has to be notified of any management change because the restaurant holds an active beer and wine license.
The community rallied around Same Old Place in November 2010 when a gang feud erupted into a knife and gun fight inside the restaurant. The incident left three men dead and a passerby wounded. Residents held a candlelight vigil — and kept coming in for the restaurant's pizza and subs.