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    It looks like Sullivan’s is moving into the Hood Milk Bottle

    South Boston mainstay Sullivan’s is opening a second location inside the Hood milk bottle on nearby Congress Street.
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    South Boston mainstay Sullivan’s is opening a second location inside the Hood milk bottle on nearby Congress Street.

    Soon, you’ll no longer have to travel all the way to Castle Island to get your Sullivan’s fix.

    The iconic waterfront restaurant has obtained a license this month to sell food and drink items from a landmark that’s hard to miss: the Hood Milk Bottle in the Fort Point neighborhood, next to the Boston Children’s Museum.

    According to a notice posted to the city’s Licensing Board website, Sullivan’s Castle Island, LLC, applied this month for the right to operate out of the roughly 40-foot-tall bottle.


    Nancy Mickiewicz, a clerk in the licensing board’s office, said Monday that the board approved the restaurant’s request for a second location and that Sullivan’s can begin serving up grub as soon as possible.

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    “They can start at the time they pick up their license, which was last week,” she said. “They’re free to operate.”

    News about Sullivan’s plans to expand was first reported by Caught in Southie, a South Boston blog.

    Jo-Anne Baxter, a spokeswoman for the museum, said Sullivan’s will be up and running beginning June 28 and will stay open through September.

    She said the restaurant will serve its classic hot dogs, lobster rolls, ice cream, and “all the good summer stuff” from the Hood location.


    “Whether you’re visiting from out of town, or you’re from in town, it’s always nice to have a special treat,” she said. “They have a fantastic location where they are and do a wonderful job on Castle Island, and you know, it’s something we wanted to move towards.”

    Both Sullivan’s and the Hood bottle have deep roots in Boston.

    Sullivan’s opened in 1951 in South Boston and has become a fixture that people flock to as summer approaches. The trek to the eatery is a rite of passage for many residents and visitors .

    The Hood bottle first arrived to the city about 40 years ago, after it was moved from its original home in Taunton, where it served as an ice cream stand. The bottle came by barge after undergoing significant repairs that were paid for by the HP Hood company, according to the museum’s website. It’s become such a recognizable and unusual tourist attraction that in 2014, it was in the running to become the “best quirky landmark” in the country, in a public contest run by USA Today. Unfortunately, the bottle didn’t even crack the top 10 list.

    The bottle, which is owned by the museum, has previously operated under several vendors including Au Bon Pain and McDonald’s.

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