The restaurant that shared space with Fowle's newsstand in Newburyport, MA closed February 5th, and the newsstand itself closed March 28th. The newstand was founded in 1865, with various incarnations of soda fountains and restaurants sharing the space since the 1920s. Fowle's was a much-loved landmark in the waterfront town of Newburyport, and to get an idea of what the closings mean to local folks, see this column in The Boston Globe, and this one in the Newburyport News. In our Roadfood.com review of Fowle's, we noted that "one half of Fowle's is a beautifully restored old eatery with a gorgeous marble lunch counter lined with stools."
Cathy Moulton will be opening a new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by both businesses, to be called 17 State Street Cafe. Opening day is planned for sometime next month. To help ease the pain of potential local customers, she says the century-old neon Fowle's sign (pictured above) will continue to hang out front.