Anthony’s Pier 4, vestige of city’s old waterfront, to close in August

Boston, MA 070313 Customers at Pier 4 Restaurant in Boston photographed on July 3, 2013 (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET
On July 3, only a few customers dined at Anthony’s Pier 4, once one of the country’s busiest restaurants.Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

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Frank Meloski had just celebrated his daughter Elsa’s birthday by devouring a baked stuffed filet of sole, and now the two were outside taking photos of each other.

But as he looked through the lens at his daughter, her hand gently rocking a baby carriage, the 66-year-old Meloski saw something unsettling. Crowding the frame were construction workers, a crew of hardhats standing around a gaping hole just 100 yards from the restaurant’s front foor.

Soon a gleaming, 21-story apartment and retail tower will rise from the chasm along Northern Avenue, and, in a long-anticipated move, Anthony’s Pier 4, once one of the busiest restaurants in the country and an institution in Boston for a half-century, will close its doors.

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