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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Serving oysters for 180 years

It doesn't take many years of writing about restaurants to understand how precarious the business is. Restaurant A is replaced by Restaurant B within two years or so, and then by Restaurant C the next year. And on and on.

So the news that the Union Oyster House was celebrating its 180th birthday today is amazing. The restaurant, which opened in 1826 when the United States was age 50, is the oldest continuously serving eatery in America. Sitting at the time-worn wooden counter watching the rapid-fire shuckers at work, you can almost feel the history rolling past.

Joe Milano and his family, who own the Union Oyster House, threw a party today -- a birthday cake for the public and a concert featuring the Lettermen (no, they're not quite that old). Those of us who didn't make the festivities will just have to go and slurp some oysters to cheer on a restaurant that beat the odds.

Posted by Alison Arnett at 02:24 PM
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