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May 12, 2014 05:49 AM

June 2014 Openings and Closings

This is a tough one to report: according to the owner's son (as related to me by local food writer Drew Starr), Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, the beloved and ancient South End diner, is closing at the end of June.


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  1. Definitely a lousy way to start the week.

    1. Are they not even trying to sell it to a like minded person? Just because the kids don't want to run a diner doesn't mean someone else won't.

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      1. re: total13

        That somone else might run it into the ground, though. it's completely understandable that they don't want to risk seeing that happen.

      2. Here's some random observations (not sure if covered in other posts)

        Asana is apparently closing/closed...will be reopening as (Bar) Boulud

        Burger King on Boylston closed, think it will be replaced by more fast food or think we might get a new restaurant down that way?

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        1. re: meeps2002

          It's Bar Boulud . As in Daniel. The third BB location.

          And that Burger King was regularly visited by the fire department's haz-mat squad. It was disgusting.

          1. re: C. Hamster

            thank you for clarifying the name...someone mentioned it to me the other day and that was my feeble attempt

            re: BK - just reporting what I saw...the place is gross, but ideal location for something small

            1. re: meeps2002

              I cant imagine how they'd get the stench out. It was heavy with smoke all the time.

              1. re: C. Hamster

                My doctor's office is in a nearby building upstairs and they get to enjoy the 'aroma' of BK every day. I was there recently for 2 appts and was already grossed out. Can't imagine those poor workers smelling that every single day.

                I thought the Back Bay used to stick their nose up at fast food joints. They let the Wendy's open, but I wonder if they would allow another chain.

            2. re: C. Hamster

              Which Burger King...the one on Boylston in Copley Sq or the one on Boylston behind Fenway?

              1. re: catsmeow

                Boylston - Next to Firehouse/Vlora etc...

                1. re: catsmeow

                  Copley, two doors down from the only slightly less gross Wendy's.

            3. Very disappointed to hear that Charlie's is closing. I have to get one more trip in before it does...


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              1. re: hungrytommy

                They're going out on their own terms, headed for what I hope is a comfy retirement in Florida. The kids all have professional careers outside of the industry. Not the worst way to go out by any stretch. (I also understand that the family will continue to own the space. Maybe that means something good for its successor.)

                But I will miss them. It is always painful to see historic places go, worse when they're really good, and run by great people.


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  I am very happy for them. My disappointment is purely selfish. There are less and less places like Charlie's left in the city and that's too bad.


              2. oppa's kitchen and bar is opening in the old massimo's location on pleasant street in malden. the sign in the window says "korean cuisine with full bar"