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In a move intended to inject more pizzazz into the Boston Common, city officials announced today that they have chosen a Florida-based sandwich chain to operate the Pink Palace, a long-vacant historic structure originally built as a restroom.
The Pink Palace, a 660-square-foot structure that was named for the color of its masonry, will be leased by the Earl of Sandwich chain, the city announced this afternoon.
This is a great opportunity to transform a unique unused space into an active business, while contributing to the vitality of the Boston Common, Boston Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak said in a statement. This project will allow us to preserve a historic building while also bringing new life to the park for all visitors to enjoy.
The city parks department expects that the kiosk will open in late 2011 or early 2012. The Earl of Sandwich's lease will run for 15 years. The city's revenue from the lease will go to upkeep of the park, officials said.
The octagon-shaped building was built in the 1920s as a restroom. It has been vacant for decades.
The Earl of Sandwich bills itself as the "world's greatest hot sandwich," with fresh-baked bread, meat roasted daily, and traditional family recipes, according to its website.