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Boston Turns Public Park Bathroom into Eatery

BOSTON, Mass. ---“Don’t Sh*! Where you eat!” – A former public bathroom in an historic Boston park will be converted into a sandwich shop, according to Boston city officials who made the announcement Tuesday.

The 660-Square-foot “Pink Palace” named for the color of its masonry, in Boston Common was built in the 1920s has not been used a public restroom in decades.

City officials said they have agreed to a 15-year lease with the Florida-based Earl of Sandwich chain for a takeout operation from the “Pink Palace.”

The move to convert the old public bathroom into an eatery was done to add more pizzazz to the Boston Common and a way for the city to preserve this historic crapper.

This is a great opportunity to transform a unique unused space into an active business, while contributing to the vitality of the Boston Common,” Boston Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak said in a statement. “This project will allow us to preserve a historic building while also bringing new life to the park for all visitors to enjoy.”

The city parks department expects that the eatery will open in late 2011 or early 2012. The Earl of Sandwich's lease will run for 15 years. The city's revenue from the lease will go to upkeep of the park, officials said.

The octagon-shaped building has been vacant for decades.

The Earl of Sandwich bills itself as the "world's greatest hot sandwich," with fresh-baked bread, meat roasted daily, and traditional family recipes, according to its website.

So how many of you would knowingly eat from a building that once housed a public bathroom? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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