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Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Serving oysters for 180 years
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.