Boston Restaurant Located in Former Public Bathroom

The new Earl of Sandwich restaurant on the Boston Common is in what used to be a public restroom.

Known locally as The Pink Palace (the stone blocks used to build it are rose-colored), the 660-square-foot octagonal structure was built in the 1920s and used as a “men’s comfort station” for about 50 years. It was closed in the 1970s and has spent four decades locked up tight, filled with old urinals, decrepit toilets, and rusting pipes.

When the Florida-based Earl of Sandwich company announced that it would be opening a restaurant in the former restroom, reactions were mixed.

“This is a great opportunity to transform a unique unused space into an active business, while contributing to the vitality of the Boston Common,” Toni Pollak, Commissioner of Boston Parks Department, said in a statement. “This project will allow us to preserve a historic building while also bringing new life to the park for all visitors to enjoy.”

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