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Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe to close

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe, the venerated South End eatery on Columbus Avenue, will close at the end of June, the restaurant announced on Twitter.

“My brother and I want to walk out of here and not get carried out in an ambulance,’’ said Arthur Manjourides who runs the restaurant with his younger brother, Chris. “We love our customers and what we do. But we just felt it was time.’’

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The Manjourides family has been associated with the sandwich shop - noted for its turkey hash - since the late 1920s when their father started running it. The current generation has spent the past several decades behind the counter. The next generation has found their calling not in the kitchen, but in high tech, higher education and film making, the family said.

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Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe.

“I enjoyed every minute of it,’’ said Arthur Manjourides, who stressed he is fine health. “I am sure I will miss the action.’’

The diner opened in 1927.

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Arthur Manjourides said the decision to shut down has caused consternation among the restaurant’s large number of loyal followers.

“There has been a lot of shock and awe, especially over the turkey hash,’’ Arthur said.

He said the family will retain control over the restaurant space in their building, but he is not sure who will take over.

Charlie’s has a long history of entertaining famous politicians and celebrities. President Obama stopped by for a cheeseburger while campaigning for Edward Markey last year, and many other politicians have made appearances, including Al Gore, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

The sandwich spot was also featured in a scene in the Boston-based comedy film “Ted.”

An e-book book on Charlie’s, “Where Hash Rules” by George Cuddy, was released last year.

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Joseph P. Kahn can be reached at jkahn@globe.com.
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