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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:47 AM

Fowles Sign
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 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."

Fowles CounterCathy 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.


This is sad to see. I have been going to Fowle's since the late 1950's. It used to serve delicious hamburgers. I am optomistic that the new tenant in the space will carry on its fine tradition.
Posted by Equity6 on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 10:08 AM

I've never been here. I didn't even know this place existed. But, I'm truly sorry to see it closing after being around for so many years. Oldsters like me are always sad to another piece of our Americana disappear.
Posted by Twinwillow on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 12:10 PM

Wasn't there a meat market named Fowles? Same owners? Mark
Posted by Filetofish on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 7:36 PM

There is a Fowles Gourmet Market in town, which claims to have been founded in 1903. The man who founded Fowle's newsstand, Stephen Fowle, died in 1895. Perhaps a family member started the market but, in any case, it's been a long, long time since any Fowles have owned either place. Andy MacDonald currently owns the market.
Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 10:38 PM

When I was in there last Fall, they had a petition by the register that many people were signing. Obviously, it didn't work.
Posted by buffetbuster on Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 9:43 AM

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