Boston's Forum kicks off reopening in style

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August 15, 2013, 10:33 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Boston) - The last restaurant along Boylston Street in Boston re-opened Thursday, exactly four months following the Boston Marathon bombings.

To kick off the event in style, a New Orleans brass band played from the marathon finish line all the way to the Forum Restaurant.

A yellow and blue ribbon was also cut by bombing survivors and local dignitaries.

Shannon O'Brien of Braintree, Mass. was at the Forum the day of the bombings, and attended the re-opening.

"It's definitely hard coming back, but being here with the people we were with the day everything happened, and finishing the celebration we originally started is closure for us," said O'Brien.

For many Thursday night, this is the first time they've been back to the Forum including survivor Heather Abbott of Newport, R.I.

Abbott says, "it was a little bit of a strange feeling coming in for the first time. I'm here with the people I came with the first time and the people who rescued me and I'm looking forward to leaving with a bunch of memories."

Like many, Abbott was at the restaurant Marathon Monday to attend former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi's cancer foundation event.

Andruzzi, a cancer survivor himself, ended up jumping into action Marathon Monday when one of the bombs went off right nearby.

"To come walking in here tonight to see some familiar faces and also see some faces you haven't seen in four months, it's a great feeling, it's a smile, a laugh," said Andruzzi.

Former Pats player Matt Chatham also helped save Heather Abbott. He said Thursday night "its great to see Heather moving around, smiling and happy."

And who could forget Carlos Arredondo, the cowboy hat wearing man who ran a security fence after the bombings and helped save people. He was also all smiles Thursday night and said we have to "celebrate the city" and move on.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino was at the event along with police commissioner Ed Davis.

Menino said the city is resilient and stronger than ever.

The Forum restaurant will be open to the public Friday.

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