I really, really believed in this place. Boston’s Durgin-Park restaurant offered up an unwavering sense of place for generations of loyal-to-the-core New Englanders. Like ancient bedrock, this restaurant was always there, the line was always long, and the sights and smells that hit you at the top of the stairs was something you would always remember. When in Boston, I couldn’t wait to get there. Once seated with family and friends, it felt like the journey’s end with life’s weight magically lifted. Life was good.
Sadly (heartbreakingly actually), Durgin-Park, which opened in 1827 when John Quincy Adams was president, served its last meals on Jan. 12, 2019, after 192 years of continuous operation. That’s nearly two centuries! In the same location! “Established before you were born,” the signs read. Throughout the years, the workshop has made a few signs to commemorate this place, one of which hangs in our home.