Posted November 21st 2013 at 1:48 am by
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429 Columbus Avenue: Generations of Regulars

“Everybody sits together here – there might be two people and three other people will sit down and before you know it – they’re talking.” — Arthur Manjourides, co-owner of Charlie’s.


In this Building: 429 Columbus Avenue, or Charlie’s on Vimeo.

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe has survived decades of transformation in Boston’s South End since it opened in 1927. Above the restaurant, 429 Columbus Avenue has been home to Local 535, the nation’s top black musicians union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union, and to the people who own and work in the ground-floor eatery. Started by Charlie Poulus, an immigrant of Greek decent, it was later taken over by Christi Manjourides, an immigrant from Turkey who started at Charlie’s as a line cook in its opening year. Today, Manjourides’ sons Arthur and Chris are the proud owners. His daughters Fontaine and Marie work there alongside their brothers every day.

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A photo of a photo on the wall inside Charlie’s. Image depicts Charlie’s in the early years.

Barack Obama is the latest public figure to be spotted catching a meal at Charlie’s. Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, Duke Ellington and LL Cool J are just a few of the numerous celebrities who have appreciated Charlie’s quality diner fare. They come to partake in the congenial atmosphere that makes this building a unique and cherished place in the hearts of the many customers who have had the pleasure of stopping in throughout the generations.

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Current menu at Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe. Photo credit: Carmela Zakon.

Post by Nse Esema and Carmela Zakon.

429 Columbus Ave. is one of six buildings profiled by students in the fall 2013 MIT course, “In This Building.” See what it’s like to be at the other five buildings.

One response to “429 Columbus Avenue: Generations of Regulars”

  1. Rukesh says:

    I’ve been to Charlies but I had no idea its history was so deep and rich. This report not only make the walls of 429 Columbus Avenue talk but it paints a facinating story. I want to know more!