History

1742
Peter Faneuil opens Faneuil Hall

The Faneuil Hall Marketplace opens to the public. Shortly after opening, a dining hall was added.

1770
Boston Massacre

A squad of British soldiers fired shots into an angry mob, killing five colonists.

1773
Boston Tea Party

A group of Bostonians disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians boarded British ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.

1775
American Revolutionary War

Patriots began the armed conflict in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.

1776
Declaration of Independence

The Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.

1781-83
American Revolution ends

With the aid of France, America forced Britain to surrender. In September 183, Britain and America signed a peace treaty, solidifying America’s independence from British rule.

1812-1815
War of 1812

A conflict between the United States and Great Britain.

1827
Durgin-Park

John Durgin, Eldridge Park, and John G. Chandler purchase a dining hall in Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

1861-65
American Civil War

Conflict in America between northern and southern states over slavery, state’s rights and westward expansion.

1877
Death of John Durgin and Eldridge Park

To honor his late business partners, Chandler names the restaurant Durgin-Park.

1914-1918
WWI

The world’s first global conflict.

1929 -1939
Great Depression

The longest-lasting economic downturn in the Western industrialized world.

1941
U.S.A enters WWII

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States enters WWII.

1945
James Hallet Purchases Durgin-Park

After the death of John Durgin and Eldridge Park, John G. Chandler and his family ran the business for 63 years, until his grandson died in WWII.

1945
“Just a Boy” added to menu

To honor Chandler’s grandson, James Hallet added “Just a Boy” to the back of Durgin-Park’s menu. A commemoration that still remains to this day.

1964
Freedom Trail established
1972
Kelly Family Purchases Durgin-Park

After running Durgin-Park for 48 years, James Hallet decides to sell the restaurant to the Kelly family.

1997
New menu item

Pasta was added to the menu to accommodate Boston Marathoners who needed to carb-load.

1998
James Beard Award

Received award for "American Regional Classics”

2001
New menu item

Sandwiches were added to the menu to accommodate patrons evolving tastes.

2007
Ark Restaurant Group purchases Durgin-Park
2010
Hideout Bar

Located in the basement of Durgin-Park, it serves up craft beers, specialty cocktails and whiskeys as well as offers comedy shows.