For Immediate Release
March 22, 2011
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The City of Boston today announced that a vendor has been chosen to lease the "Pink Palace" structure in Boston Common. Earl of Sandwich, a national sandwich shop based in Florida, will lease the building from the City and transform the long-vacant historic structure into a vending kiosk. The Boston Landmarks Commission will review all changes to the structure and a portion of revenues from the business will contribute to the upkeep of Boston Common. The Parks Department anticipates that the Earl of Sandwich will open in late 2011 or early 2012.
"This is a great opportunity to transform a unique unused space into an active business, while contributing to the vitality of the Boston Common," said Toni Pollak, Commissioner of Boston Parks Department. "This project will allow us to preserve a historic building while also bringing new life to the park for all visitors to enjoy."
The Pink Palace is a 660 square foot structure that was built in the 1920s as a men's restroom facility and has been vacant for decades. Earl of Sandwich plans to sign a 15-year lease with the City of Boston to run a small takeout operation out of the Pink Palace.
The announcement follows legislation signed last summer by Governor Deval Patrick allowing the City to renovate and lease the "Pink Palace" on Boston Common and the "Duck House" in the Back Bay Fens. The buildings are being revitalized and preserved by the City of Boston Parks Department.