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Globe Magazine

How does a restaurant survive for decades? These 10 have a winning formula.

With new spots opening all the time, it’s not easy to keep a restaurant going for decades.


224 Boston Street Restaurant

In business since 1987

In the heart of the Andrew Square neighborhood in Dorchester, behind a gated garden, sits 224 Boston Street Restaurant. Opened in 1987, the packed spot specializes in American classics. Eric Aulenback, who co-owns Capo, Loco, and Lincoln in neighboring South Boston, bought the place last year. It couldn’t be friendlier or more likable. Even after three decades in business, it has a make-do quality, with mismatched plates, which might have been borrowed from Grandma, holding delicious, hot crusty rolls, and service that is lax by one waiter and sharp by another. Enter the dining room through the crowded bar and you’re looking at an open kitchen and a high-spirited room. Ordinary meat loaf soars, with crusty, golden seared slices, an aromatic red-wine mushroom sauce, and ultra-smooth mashed potatoes. This kitchen is going for a little fun, with spiked tastes and plenty of umami. It’s hitting the mark.

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TESTIMONIALS

Had a burger that was excellent. Staff was extremely friendly. I recommend sitting in the garden.

Matt

Great experience here with my wife and excellent food

Yusuf

Great place with local beers and scratch dinning! Better than any chain restaurant in the area! Well worth the trip and money.

Maury