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Public Restroom to Reopen as Sandwich Shop

Mar 24, 2011 – 7:39 AM
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Steven Hoffer

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Boston's "Pink Palace" once served as a restroom. Now it will serve sandwiches.

City officials announced Wednesday that the 1920s Gothic structure on Boston Common best known as an unused men's lavatory has been leased to become a restaurant.

Earl of Sandwich, a Florida-based chain, signed a 15-year-contract to convert the structure into a takeout joint, scheduled to open later this year or early next year following renovations, the Boston Globe reports.

On the Boston Common,  'the Pink Palace' a former men's restroom. Some City Councilors are eyeing the site to place a food etablishment there. Joggers pass on the former men's comfort station with hardly a glance. For three decades, the drab, dreary structure has sat unnoticed on a seedier side of Boston Common. Now a new effort in the city hopes to transform the former restroom into an eating establishment. Recently the Boston's Parks and Recreation Department began soliticing ideas for the reuse of the 1920s single-story building, known as the pink panther. It wants ideas for a food establishment, but is open to other suggestions.  (David L Ryan, Boston Globe/Landov)
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On Boston Common, the "Pink Palace" is a former men's restroom that will be turned into an Earl of Sandwich takeout shop.
Supporters of the deal figure the idea of a latrine-turned-fast-food stop actually won't be too unsettling, considering the 660-square-foot "Palace" hasn't been used as a restroom in decades.

"This is a great opportunity to transform a unique unused space into an active business, while contributing to the vitality of the Boston Common," Boston Parks Department commissioner Toni Pollak said in a statement. "This project will allow us to preserve a historic building while also bringing new life to the park for all visitors to enjoy."

Promoted as having the "world's greatest hot sandwich," the Earl of Sandwich has 13 locations, including one at Massachusetts' Logan International Airport.

Read more at the Boston Globe.

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