The old stone structure on Boston Common that was once used as a
bathroom will be home to a sandwich shop as early as April of 2012.
According to Mayor Thomas Menino, the city signed a 15-year contract
with "Earl of Sandwich" to start selling hot sandwiches from the grassy
knoll of the Common.
The sandwich chain will pay an annual $50,000 payment to keep it's food
on site and restore the building, dubbed "The Pink Palace" for so many
years, at its own expense.
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“We welcome Earl of Sandwich and look forward to a new casual dining
option in the city as they transform the building into an entirely new
use,” Menino said in a statement.
The building is a 660-square-foot structure named for the color of its masonry. It resembles a mini-castle-like building.
Although it has been vacant for decades, in the 1920's it was used as a toilet, according to reports.