The Ship Restaurant in Lynnfield May Be Demolished
It looks like yet another Route 1 landmark could be disappearing.
According to an article in itemlive.com, The Ship Restaurant may be torn down to make way for new development, with the new building apparently including retail space along with a drive-up restaurant and coffee shop. It appears that the adjacent Christmas Tree Shop would remain in operation, while a branch building of East Boston Savings Bank would be built at the site--and there also will be an adjoining condo project that is being constructed by another developer.
The Ship Restaurant returned to Route 1 in 2013 after being replaced by an outlet of The Mount Vernon Restaurant a couple of years earlier. Ship-based restaurants with different names have been at the site since at least the 1930s, as reported here earlier.
Over the past few years, several iconic spots on Route 1 have been demolished, including Hilltop Steak House, Weylu's, and Route 1 Miniature Golf.
The address for The Ship Restaurant is 24 Broadway (Route 1), Lynnfield, MA, 01940.
[January 13 update: According to a post from 7 News Boston, The Ship Restaurant is now closed.]
[February 8 update: The Boston Globe states that an auction for The Ship is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 15, with the liquor license, memorabilia, furniture, and kitchen equipment, all being available. And while The Ship is still facing the wrecking ball, a meeting will take place with the Lynnfield Historical Society on February 22 to decide if the structure holds historic significance that may prevent it from being demolished.]
[February 14 update: A note from E. F. Smith and Son says that the auction for The Ship has been postponed until sometime in late March.]
[March 23 update: A source tells us that the auction for The Ship will now take place on Wednesday, March 29.]
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