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‘Durgin Park’, Boston — Last Day, Last Meal, January 12, 2019 — Yes, We Were THERE!

by Anura Guruge


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The usual benu (being sold as a souvenir for $5) and the photocopied menu used today.



Yes, we were there and it was SPECIAL. Glad I made an effort to get down to ‘Quincy Market‘ for the DAY. Yes, it was poignant too. There are folks losing JOBS! The kind of elderly (i.e., MY AGE) waitress who served us, with aplomb, ‘Allison’, had been there for 20-years. She wasn’t too happy. I took care of her with my TIP. {Smile} And she smiled too when she saw it. There were hugs all over the place.

We got there early. It was likely to get MOBBED later in the day. We heard from folks that THEY (i.e., Durgin Park) ran out of food at 5pm last Sunday!

I knew they opened at 11:30am. So, I planned to be there for that. I expected a LINE and there was one, BUT it wasn’t as long as I had expected.

We left home at 8am! It was bitterly cold. We parked at the BostonMuseum of Science‘ (where we get discounted parking because we are members) by 9:40am. We took the MBTA to ‘Quincy Market’. We were there by around 10:15am. There was NO LINE. So, we ‘did’ the ‘Market’. ‘Faneuil Hall‘ was closed because of Trump’s Shutdown.

By 11am there was a line forming. We joined it at 11:15am. There were about 30 people ahead of us. Around 11:25 they opened the doors. They felt sorry for us. IT WAS COLD. They let 50 folks in. We were in that batch. The kitchen was not as yet open but you could start with drinks.

It was GOOD. Great atmosphere. Everybody was reminiscing.

It was WAY TOO early for I. I don’t normally have my first meal of the day till 1:40pm. So, I just ordered a few appetizers and even then we brought much of it home. But, no matter. What counted was that we were THERE.

I was never a regular patron. So, I can’t claim to have a special relationship with ‘Durgin Park’. But, I did go there, for dinner, for the first time 32-years ago. September 1986. I remember that. I have eaten there AT LEAST 10-times. Most likely more. So, I am not a total stranger either.

Well … another bit of history gone. But, I can say, with PRIDE, that I was THERE.

Flag flying upside down in the wind! Symbolic.


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Boston’s ‘Durgin Park’ Restaurant Is Closing Down, This Saturday, January 12, 2019, After 192-Years!

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WOW!


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘boston.com’. Google for more.



Click to access their impressive, photo-rich Website.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durgin-Park


I stumbled upon this sad news accidently. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Had to Google it myself.

Wow. Talk about the sad end to a legendary property. A true part of Boston’s colorful history.

I first went to ‘Durgin Park‘ 32-years ago, in September of 1986. I am sure I was told that it was Boston’s OLDEST restaurant. Well, they have modified that claim.

I am surprised that they are struggling. They always looked full. Yes, I haven’t eaten there in some years. I confess to that.

It was such a fun place. Great atmosphere.

I am sad. I can’t believe that they couldn’t have kept it going.

Oh, dear.


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Another Accident Involving The “Chart Room Restaurant” Outside Of ‘Acadia National Park’ — March 1, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


From the outstanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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“The Chart Room” is a well-known landmark just a few miles prior to the MAIN Hulls Cove entrance to the Acadia National Park. Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge.



Thursday, March 1, 2018.

This was NOT a serious accident, unlike the one in September 14, 2017, that killed an elderly pedestrian in “Chart Room Restaurant” parking lot.

This was ahead of the approaching storm and as far as I can tell there was no bad weather involved.

For the Island, Mount Desert, this is a busy stretch of road. I do NOT think the restaurant was open. Not much open up there this time of year.


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72-Year Old New Yorker Drives His Car Into ‘Bass Harbor’ Outside Of ‘Acadia National Park’, September 26, 2017.

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From the oustanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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Click to ENLARGE. Though many of you know “Bass Harbor” in terms of its iconic lighthouse, the Harbor itself is set back — and in this case the accident was on the ‘Bernard’ side. Created by Anura Guruge.


The New York Couple had been to dinner at “Thurston’s” at Bernard.

We eat at “Thurston’s” too and had done so on September 3, 2017
— just 3-weeks earlier.

Pictures of “Thurston’s” and Bernard Harbor.


No fatalities and not that serious. Driving into a harbor … You would expect that from a New York driver.

He was looking for Route 102. The roads around Bernard are narrow and if there was a fog, at night, it could be tricky.


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Elderly Pedestrian Killed Just Outside ‘Acadia National Park’, September 12, 2017 — “Chart Room Restaurant” Parking Lot.

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From the outstanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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“The Chart Room” is a well-known landmark just a few miles prior to the MAIN Hulls Cove entrance to the Acadia National Park. Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge.



As far as I know, and as far as I can tell, this is the only fatal accident anywhere close to Acadia National Park in 2017 — so far. The prior major accident, on July 11, 2017, was non-fatal. Prior to that was the motorcycle crash, on Cadillac Mountain, September 4, 2016.

To be fair this was NOT inside the Park but it is as close to the Park as you can get without actually being inside. As you can see in the report, Park Rangers were at the accident to handle traffic.

Well known landmark. Hard to miss. Always crowded.

We were, of course, at Acadia over the Labor Day Weekend, this year — as we have since 2013. Traffic was crazy a couple of times BUT no accidents as far as I heard.


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“Buckey’s Restaurant & Tavern”, Moultonborough, NH — A Delightful & Outstanding Find.

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Click to ENLARGE. Location relative to “Castle in the Clouds”.


Click to ENLARGE. What I HIGHLY recommend.


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It was a serendipitous discovery, on Saturday, September 9, 2017, and we are delighted. BEST restaurant we have eaten at over the last few weeks and we have eaten out quite a bit of late. It happened to be the 7th time we were eating out over the last 9 days.

The plan was to eat the restaurant at “Castle in the Clouds” after we meandered about. We had had lunch there in July and had really liked it. We got to the restaurant at 4pm to find that it was CLOSED and that it is only open till 3:30pm — even on weekends in the Summer. Poor show and I have e-mailed the Castle to express my dissatisfaction.

I remembered that there was a restaurant on Rte 109, on the left, not far from ‘the junction’. That is how we ended up at “Buckey’s“.

Initial reaction was a bit ‘mixed’. Deanna, who is not a big meat eater (as I am), was not impressed with their slogan “Where good friends Meat!” They really might want to rethink that given that they have a pretty varied menu. The stuffed Bobcat on the wall did not go down well at all, at all, with Teischan and I. Plus, there was a large table next to us that was rather loud with their inappropriate language.

But, the service and food won us over. We had a male served, Joe, of roughly the same vintage as I — which means he was no spring chicken. But, boy, was he good. Very impressed.

The quality of the food was a revelation. I tend to eat burgers, without a bun — since it fits in best with my diet. There “Big Buck Attack” with very good onion rings and huge side salad (for 50 cents) was amazing. So was the ‘Sampler’. Next time I will have to order two. It was gone in no time. Deanna had a Greek salad and had no complaints. I ordered a chocolate ‘bomb’ for Teischan and she was MOST impressed.

Very decent pricing. Wine by the glass is served in two sizes. 5oz and 8oz. I like that.

Yes, we will be going back.

Very impressed. Very happy.


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“Lake Winnipesaukee ”, New Hampshire On The M/V “Mount Washington” — Always A Treat.

by Anura Guruge


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By definition any day you get to spend on majestic “Lake Winnipesaukee” (in central New Hampshire) is a treat. If the weather is just perfect, and the ‘Big Lake‘ calm as a Mill Pond, you really luck out. Well that is what it was today.

We were treated to a cruise on the Lake, on the M/V “Mount Washington”, to/from Wolfeboro, by a friend of Deanna’s. It was grand. Picture perfect as the pictures testify. Relaxing too.

The Mount and I go back to 20 years. But this was the first time I have been on it since September 2002! While I have no issues whatsoever with the lovely ‘boat’ over the years I have had some major disagreements with the ‘management’. But today I did not have to deal with any of them and the worst culprit of them was not on board. So it was a good day. We had fun … and ended up at the ALWAYS delightful “Sea Bird“, Chinese Restaurant in Wolfeboro, for lunch with two other folks. It was a good day. SMILE.

 


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