Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe

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Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe

Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe is a restaurant located in Boston's South End that is known for serving African-American jazz musicians during the era of segregated hotels,[1][2] The walls of the diner are adorned with pictures of customers ranging from Sammy Davis, Jr., Duke Ellington,[3] Cab Calloway,[4] to Vice President Al Gore, President Barack Obama[5][6] former Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine to Governor Deval Patrick. As a child, Sammy Davis, Jr used to tap dance in front of the restaurant for change.[7]

Charlie's has been described as "equal parts old-school diner and neighborhood coffee shop" but among the locals, it is known for its breakfasts. It has been open since 1927 and has no bathrooms.[8] There are only 32 seats, 13 of which lie along a counter across from wooden refrigerators purchased in 1927, used. Charlie's was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 32 straight years.[9] When Charlie's finally decided to close on Sundays, nobody had a key, and one needed to be made.

Charlies's Sandwich Shoppe has won numerous awards over the years, culminating in the reception of a James Beard Foundation Award in 2005 in the category of Southern Wine & Spirits of NY America's Classics.,[10][11]

There is now a web-project history of the restaurant entitled Where Hash Rules.[12] The story was written by George Aaron Cuddy; original photographs were taken by Brooke T. Wolin.

On May 12, 2014 Charlie's Sandwich shop announced that it was closing at the end of June 2014, ending its 87-year run.[13] On August 5, 2014, South End restaurateur, Evan Deluty, announced he would be re-opening Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe and that the breakfast and that the lunch menu would remain unchanged, but a new dinner menu would be added along with expanded hours.[14]

A remodeled Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe re-opened on January 22, 2016.[15]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, Cuisine.net". 
  2. ^ "Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ Baskin, Kara. "Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe to reopen". The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Baskin, Kara. "Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe to reopen". The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Baskin, Kara. "Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe reopens this week". The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Annear, Steve. "Obama attends fund-raiser at Cambridge restaurant Area Four". The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Christian Science Monitor". 
  8. ^ "Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, AOL City Guide". 
  9. ^ McGrory, Brian (2005-05-06). "Over Easy At Charlie's - The Boston Globe". 
  10. ^ "James Beard Awards 2005". 
  11. ^ Why classics count in New England Their indefinable, inimitable somethings just get more savory with the decades
  12. ^ "wherehashrules.blogspot.com". 
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/turkeyhash/status/465840106197504000.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Baskin, Kara. "Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe to reopen". The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  15. ^ Baskin, Kara. "Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe reopens this week". The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

Coordinates: 42°20′41″N 71°04′40″W / 42.3448°N 71.0778°W / 42.3448; -71.0778