For generations of New Englanders, including myself, Durgin-Park magically satisfied our need for belonging and our sense of place. The restaurant was always there (since 1827), the line was always long, and the sensory overload was always invigorating. Like countless others, I really, really believed in this place. Whenever in Boston, I couldn’t wait to get there. Its bustling upstairs dining room will always be among my favorite places to be. Once seated, it felt like journey’s end once again, I felt completely at ease, and was ready to enjoy a few quality hours with family and friends. Life was good.
Sadly, actually heartbreakingly, Durgin-Park served its last meals after 192 years of continuous operation on Jan. 12, 2019. Two centuries in one location in the heart of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. “Established before you were born,” the signs read. Over the years, the workshop has proudly made a few signs to commemorate this historic landmark, one of which still hangs in our home.