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.

The floor above Charlie’s was a union hall for the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first black porters’ union, founded by A. Philip Randolph.

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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  1. ^ "Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, Cuisine.net". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. 
  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". Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. 
  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. ^ CharliesSndwchShoppe [@TurkeyHash] (12 May 2014). "We will be closing at the end of June. We would like to thank all of our friends, family, and customers for 87 years of great memories" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  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