A bit of South End nostalgia lives on with yet another reopening of a longstanding diner. Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe is back in action with new owners intent upon upholding the institution’s historic elements.
Damian and Sheree Marciante, who also own Victoria’s Diner, purchased Charlie’s back in May, as Boston Restaurant Talk first reported. After updating some of the equipment in the restaurant and making a few changes, the pair reopened the restaurant Wednesday, per a tip Eater received.
“We were very excited when we found out it was back on the market again,” Damian Marciante told Eater.
After the Manjourides siblings, who previously owned the restaurant, decided to retire, Charlie’s closed down in mid-2014. Evan Deluty, chef and owner of Stella Restaurant, along with his wife Candice, later purchased the restaurant and reopened it early in 2016, though the rebirth ended earlier this year. Now, the Marciantes and their son, Frankie, are reviving the space and have kept the iconic photos on the walls.
“It’s kind of a dream come true to have a shot at it,” Marciante said. “We like Boston landmarks.”
Charlie’s first opened in 1927, and Marciante said he remembered visiting the restaurant when its namesake was still there. This week, amid final preparations before opening, Marciante said he’d seen a lot of the old Charlie’s regulars, who’ve shared some of the old stories of the place and their experiences.
“I value what this place was all about and the history behind it,” he said.
The Marciantes plan to have a grand opening next week. For now, Charlie’s is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, serving a new menu with diner fare like griddle cakes, eggs, French toast, and (of course) a wide selection of sandwiches. Eventually, Charlie’s could open for dinner as well.