The Boston Bulletin reports a developer is looking at tearing down the venerable Hatoff's gas station and the neighboring Acme Auto Body at 3430 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain to put up a residential building with ground-floor retail space.
Hatoff's and its hat-doffing homunculus have been a familiar sight for motorists for decades. Morris Hatoff opened a gas station near the old Forest Hills elevated stop in 1929. In 1980, his son Stan, who declared that "gas is gas," moved the station up Washington Street when the state took over the Forest Hills land by eminent domain.
1941 Hatoff's ad featuring the little man with the big head doffing his hat (source):