200-year-old Boston restaurant to close

Durgin-Park has been a fixture in Boston for nearly 200 years. (NECN)

A nearly 200-year-old Boston restaurant famous for its traditional Yankee fare and surly wait staff has announced that it is shutting down.

Managers at Durgin-Park in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace said they will close on Jan. 12.

Michael Weinstein, CEO of Ark Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Durgin-Park, said fewer customers are coming through the doors and that costs have gone up.

Manager Kenneth Thimothee said the state's new higher minimum hourly wage is partially to blame for the higher costs.

The restaurant was founded in 1827 and took its current name in 1877 in honor of two of the original partners, John Durgin and Eldridge Park.

Weinstein said there is a possibility the restaurant could remain open if another restaurant group agrees to take it over.

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