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Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12.

 
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/01/03/durgin-park-landmark-boston-restaurant-close/wKUZken2o6ntpqoicZcDgM/story.html
 
I've had many Roadfood restaurants that have closed on me throughout the years but this one has hit me the hardest.
A true classic and on our last visit this past Summer we enjoyed our food just as much as we have in the past. I think the only other Roadfooder who had more passion than I about Durgin Park was former Roadfooder Cecif .  Hoping someone can take it over and keep the place "as is"...
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/04 19:11:22 (permalink)
WTH is going on around here???
 
When I bought my first Roadfood book, the only restaurant outside of Pittsburgh I recognized was Durgin Park.  Some buddies and I ate there while we were in Boston to attend some hockey games.  I knew that if this book was full of places like Durgin Park, then this book would be for me.
 
This place will be much missed.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/04 19:23:39 (permalink)
Sad if it closes, I always liked it. It’s not Roadfood, but the article also says that L’Espalier closed after 40 years.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/04 19:40:18 (permalink)
I have not been there in 20 years. The food was good but parking is really tough. My brother's best friend was there about 6 months ago. The waitress remembered his friend's dad from his MIT days, and gave him the famous "treatment". The food was terrible, so much so that he called my brother to tell him. Our new higher wage law has been blamed, but friend's in the industry tell me that good kitchen staff is already getting higher wages in this state, and servers work mostly for the tips. IMO, the real story is that restaurants petter out, some faster than others. So far as I know, Union Oyster House will be the last of the really old restaurants in Boston. My brother's opinion is that Durgan Park went "corporate", and that was the beginning of the end.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/04 21:13:40 (permalink)
That's terrible news. 
 
I've only been to Boston once and didn't go there. It was at the top of the list of places I wanted to go to whenever I go back there.
 
 
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/04 22:32:13 (permalink)
I was there many times when I lived in Boston.  Food was OK but it was fun to be in such an old establishment.  Hope someone takes it over and it stays the same.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 00:52:54 (permalink)
Wow!  This is shocking news.  Durgin Park is among our Mt. Everest list of all-time greats.  This really really is a shame. 
 
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 08:42:27 (permalink)
I'm getting kind of a mixed vibe from the above comments...which will be missed more, the food or the ambience?
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 08:53:14 (permalink)
I'm disgusted. I've never been there but this is really Sad. I have the Durgin Park cookbook the Sterns wrote and the food looks so good and it's right up my alley. Once more I say, what in the world is wrong with meat and vegetables?? Does anyone know WHY they're closing.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 08:56:34 (permalink)
I just read the article. Minimum wage is too high??? I'm not familar with Boston. Are they really making too little to pay minimum wage? Or do they just need or want out and they're using that for an excuse.
 
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 09:00:29 (permalink)
A little sad to see this. Had several trips there as a child with fond memories of good food and surly service. More recently had been, and actually thought the food was better and, oddly, the service was pleasant. Here’s my 2013 review: http://offbeateats.org/2013/05/durgin-park/

And heck, it remains the only place I’ve ever seen coffee jello
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 09:07:25 (permalink)
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And heck, it remains the only place I’ve ever seen coffee jello



Yes! 
 
For me, what Durgin Park did best was dessert.  How am I supposed to choose between coffee jello, apple pan dowdy, strawberry shortcake, Boston cream pie and maybe the ultimate version of Indian pudding?
 
I have always received pleasant service over the years, but I have seen them lay into tourists who were asking stupid questions or weren't ready to order.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 09:31:44 (permalink)
An old friend in Boston says the minimum wage pretext is gaslighting. The main problems (he thinks) seem to be the New York-based corporate 'management,' and the Faneuil Hall conversion into a chain shopping mall, which no longer features local and/or historic shops and artisans.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 09:48:11 (permalink)
Is there any sign or report of business being down? The prices they charge for food found in diners nationwide ($16.95 for Yankee Pot Roast, no gravy!) would cover the rent and wages they pay if they are still popular. I'd think enough tourist business would be there to keep them going.
 
But, then again, that area really needs another Starbucks.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 11:17:15 (permalink)
I loved Durgin Park and had so wanted to get back there. This photo was from maybe 12-15 years ago, I'm not sure. My hair was mostly grey instead of mostly white.

 
I've looked for decades for a restaurant that serves prime rib like this, with the rib, but have never found it. (I guess I really haven't looked that hard.)
 
 
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 13:12:50 (permalink)
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I'm getting kind of a mixed vibe from the above comments...which will be missed more, the food or the ambience?


Brad, I think it's both. The food is hit or miss (I also loved the BRONTO Prime Rib) but it's such a historic icon, that visiting and thinking of the generations that graced it's presence is legendary.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 13:42:12 (permalink)
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I'm getting kind of a mixed vibe from the above comments...which will be missed more, the food or the ambience?


 I was starting to think the same thing. There are restaurants that are worth going to, even expensive ones, for the atmosphere and experience even if the food isn't that great. I would put Famous Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse in NYC in that category.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 16:16:54 (permalink)
We're stunned. My first visit was probably 60 years ago as an 8-9 year old with my dad. Great memories over the years. When I was about 17 my then GF (now wife) and I flew to Boston on the shuttle, rented a convertible (dad signed all the papers I needed) drove out to Rockport for lunch and back to Boston for dinner at Durgin and then the shuttle back to New York.  Years later when our son was a boy scout on a trip to Boston, we got to Quincy Market and the kids were told to have lunch with the parent that drove you that morning. I had 3 boy scouts in uniform sitting at the bar in the downstairs bar at Durgin. My son and I each had a dozen oysters and I picked up the tab for the group.  My daughter went to BC I suspect because of Durgin Park. During her 4 years we had many dinners there. Looking for schools, our daughter took our grandson to BC and then to dinner at Durgin about 2 months ago.  Too bad it is closing so soon; given enough time we would have made one last trip.
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/05 16:58:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2019/01/06 09:16:25
This is Quincy Market in 1904.  By some claims, Durgin Park would have been in its 77th year at this point. This does not show Durgin's location but it is just on the other side of this long market in a parallel building.
 

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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/06 16:01:21 (permalink)
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I loved Durgin Park and had so wanted to get back there. This photo was from maybe 12-15 years ago, I'm not sure. My hair was mostly grey instead of mostly white.

 
I've looked for decades for a restaurant that serves prime rib like this, with the rib, but have never found it. (I guess I really haven't looked that hard.)
 
 


Looks like Durgin's dinnerware but where is the red & white checkered tablecloth David?
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/06 16:56:43 (permalink)
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I loved Durgin Park and had so wanted to get back there. This photo was from maybe 12-15 years ago, I'm not sure. My hair was mostly grey instead of mostly white.

 
I've looked for decades for a restaurant that serves prime rib like this, with the rib, but have never found it. (I guess I really haven't looked that hard.)
 
 


Looks like Durgin's dinnerware but where is the red & white checkered tablecloth David?


I don't know. Maybe other tables? There's not doubt that it was DP.
 
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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/06 17:35:24 (permalink)
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I loved Durgin Park and had so wanted to get back there. This photo was from maybe 12-15 years ago, I'm not sure. My hair was mostly grey instead of mostly white.

 
I've looked for decades for a restaurant that serves prime rib like this, with the rib, but have never found it. (I guess I really haven't looked that hard.)
 
 


Looks like Durgin's dinnerware but where is the red & white checkered tablecloth David?


I don't know. Maybe other tables? There's not doubt that it was DP.
 


Where else would you have baked beans with a bone-in prime rib. 


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Re: Some Really Sad News out of Boston- Durgin Park is closing on January 12. 2019/01/07 01:00:11 (permalink)
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Where else would you have baked beans with a bone-in prime rib.

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