Thursday, January 03, 2019

Durgin-Park in Boston's Faneuil Hall Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a landmark Boston restaurant that has been in business for nearly 200 years may be shutting down, though details are just coming out now.

According to a Twitter post from Jonathan Choe of NBC10 Boston, workers at Durgin-Park in Faneuil Hall have been told that the restaurant is closing on January 12, though a more recent tweet from Choe says that Ark Restaurants (the company behind the place) has not yet responded to the news, while a spokesperson for Faneuil Hall states that it is still under a lease agreement and a formal closing notification has not been submitted. Another post from Choe states "workers now scrambling to find new jobs. They say management told them the business is no longer profitable, operating costs too high, and now dealing with intense competition from emergence of new restaurants in nearby Seaport District."

Durgin-Park, which first opened in 1827, is known in part for its classic American and regional New England fare.

This is a developing story, so stay tuned for updates.

[Update: WBZ reporter Kristina Rex tweets that Ark Restaurants CEO Michael Weinstein confirms Durgin-Park is closing January 12, saying that the shutting down of the restaurant is inevitable because it is no longer profitable.]

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]