Sandwich Shop Opens in Restroom -- Sloppy Joe Anyone?


meatball sandwichNothing like grabbing a delicious sandwich on a warm spring day, right? Especially when that sandwich shop is nestled on the beautiful, lush grounds of the Boston Common. Ahh, kick back. Life is good. Wait, before you take that bite of roasted turkey goodness, you should know that your sandwich was made in what used to be a public restroom.

Yes, a restroom. A bathroom. A potty. Now before you go trashing a perfectly good sandwich, take solace in the fact that the chain, Earl of Sandwich, is only setting up shop in what was a restroom in the 1920s. What? That's, like, decades of non-bathroom usage.

I would still eat there. I think.

The only thing that is kind of grossing me out a little is the fact that the slogan for Earl of Sandwich is "world's greatest hot sandwich." Something about "hot" coupled with a bathroom makes me not want to eat sandwiches. Call me crazy. Oh, like you weren't thinking that, too!

In all seriousness, though, I think it's fine. I would eat there. My rule of thumb typically is if a restaurant or eatery hasn't been used as a place of pooping and peeing for 20 years minimum, it's good to go.

And besides, everyone knows that all sorts of gross stuff goes on behind the swinging door at restaurants. Things like rats, cockroaches, employees putting your cheese up their nose. It happens.

The restaurant will be clean. Earl of Sandwich will make sure of it. They are going to do everything in their power to guarantee that the place is spick and span at all times -- because Lord knows the minute a customer finds one piece of wilted lettuce, they will have to shut down from lack of business.

I would eat there. Would you? 


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Jennifer Halbrooks

If you hadn't told me about the bathroom thing, I would have. Now I'm skeeved out.

LadyCash LadyCash

Lol. Yes, I would eat there, no problem.

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nonmember avatar Inspector Picky

Like they need another restaurant that badly...

nonmember avatar Blogha

Wow, really? It's not a big deal as long as its CLEAN. I'd rather eat in an old, CLEAN bathroom than a brand new unsanitary restaurant.

Mary-lou Hinds-masson

90 yrs.what bathroom germ could live that long; as long as it was sanatized, etc. it's better than a dirty new resturant or hamburger joint.

Jean Howard

This location is a Boston Common icon that is a round rock building that is really cool to look at. A wonderful piece of architecture. It's been empty for a long time. The new owners will make it sparkling clean and great. It's in a terrific location and will get a lot of business.

nonmember avatar StandingO

What a stupid headline tease. The building was renovated and retrofitted. Quit wasting my time with such silly nonsense.

dirti... dirtiekittie

wow... it was a bathroom in 1920 and now you *might* eat there?

how about this: there's a park in san diego; specifically, a children's park with swings and benches and all that jazz. sometimes the ground is a little unsteady and moves or shifts. do you know why that is? because it was built over an old cemetery. back in the early 1900's, the church needed more land and they were expanding the roadways. the park was built over the cemetery, and the ground shifts because occasionally a casket might collapse and the dirt falls in on it.

now - would you take your kids there?

Mahala Dixson

dirtiekittie, wow, nope, I don't think I'd want my kids playing at that park.  Eep!

As far as the resturaunt?  Yeh I'd eat there.  No biggie.

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