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By Kim Knox BeckiusJune 29, 2005
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I come by once a year for a Lobster Roll and a bowl of chowder.
Bryan from Florida
It’s not the oldest restaurant in the USA, Longfellow’s Wayside in has been in Operations continuously for 290 years. Longfellow’s “Tales of the Wayside Inn” was based on the restaurant. It’s been on the national historic landmark site well before The Union Oyster House. The Oyster House’s claim is a myth.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest restaurant in the world is in Spain, and opened in 1725. So your information about Longfellow’s would make it the oldest in the world, not just the U.S. But since your information contradicts Guinness, I would say that your information is faulty, otherwise it would be recognized as the oldest in the world by Guinness.
the difference is longfellows is the oldest, but bostons place is the oldest continuously operating. Longfellows must have stopped serving at some time.
The oldest continuously operating restaurant is “The Pirates House” in Savannah Georgia. They have been running since 1733. Robert L Stevenson wrote Treasure Island there.
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