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On Boston Common, sandwiches fit for an earl

Earl of Sandwich, chain partly owned by aristocrat bearing the title, restores and reopens 1920s restrooms in park as dining kiosk

For decades, the crumbling men’s comfort station on Boston Common had been locked, a tomb encasing ancient urinals and rusting pipes. On Monday it reopened with grandeur, housing not restrooms but a sandwich kiosk fit for a king — or, at least, for nobility.

Earl of Sandwich, the chain owned partly by descendants of the British peer for whom the lunch staple is named, has resuscitated the 1920s bathroom for its second Boston outpost, investing heavily to restore the eight-sided, 660-square-foot stand.

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