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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.