BOSTON (CBS) – Nearly two centuries of history and tradition came to an end Saturday night in Boston. The historic Durgin-Park restaurant has served its last meal.

The Faneuil Hall restaurant was purchased by John Durgin and Eldridge Park back in 1827, and became a Boston landmark.


On the restaurant’s last night, business was busy with customers coming back for one more meal, including one diner who’s been coming for 40 years.

“It’s the last hurrah, so sad. It was the best; I mean coming here with my grandparents was a memory that you just don’t forget,” customer Karen Pendergast said.

Durgin-Park was known for serving supper with a side of sass. Customers came from all over the world for the atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else in Boston.

The owners say the restaurant is no longer profitable, and closing is just the nature of the business.

Comments (3)
  1. Bren Ke says:

    closing is just the nature of the business?

    “The owner says it’s due in part to a recently passed law that raised the minimum wage from $11 to $12 an hour on Jan. 1, and will further increase it to $15 by 2024.

    The Boston Business Journal reported:

    According to Ark Restaurants CEO Michael Weinstein, the restaurant wasn’t profitable anymore. He says business has been down about 30 percent over the last five years.

    Weinstein says the dwindling head count, increase in minimum wage and health care costs, the expensive upkeep of an old building, and competition from the growing Seaport District were all factors in the restaurant’s downfall.”

    But I forgot, you’re a CBS station, so you won’t ever report truth that the Democratic Party hasn’t pre-approved.

  2. Robert Gardner says:

    This seems like a bizarre decision to me. The Durgin Park brand alone should have considerable value. Why not relocate to a cheaper location? Why not open up in two or three locations, or sell the name? Just packing it in doesn’t seem to be very shrewd, to say the least.
    By the way, the CEO of Ark restaurants made $1,174,156 last year, so I can see why raising the minimum wage by a dollar must seem extravagant.

  3. Charles W Wibel says:

    Sad to hear about the closing. What really did them in was the opening of the adjacent food court. Where as Durgin Park used to have a huge lunch business from the area businesses, the food court took most of that away and there were not sufficient tourist trade to make up the difference.

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