Time to pour one out for Durgin-Park, the Boston landmark that opened in 1827 and closed last night, after serving its last prime rib, baked beans (in a bean pot) and Indian pudding, after the New York company that's owned it since 2007 decided it was never going to make money again.
The waitresses long ago left behind their trademark surliness, but you could see some of the oldtimers in a large photo on a wall of the first-floor entrance:
Leading the way to the photo was a see-through refrigerator for all the meat destined for prime-rib dinners:
Last week, after news spread of the imminent closing, people began lining up for one last lunch:
We sat next to a guy who ordered just a bowl of clam chowder by which to remember the old place after it was gone.
Long before it became fashionable, Durgin-Park had an open kitchen: