Aline Kaplan recalls the days when the Boston area was full of Pewter Pot Muffin Houses.
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I had completely forgotten about Pewter Pot! There was one I went to regularly in Burlington (I think?). Thanks for the reminder!
It appears that these restaurants were mostly closed before I was born, yet they seem strangely familiar.
They had a unique way of pouring your coffee.
Muffins were good too.
I believe you are referring to the fact that every table got an entire pot of coffee. If they ordered coffee, that is. They had those insulated pots that kept the coffee hot. They were two tone black and chrome color.
And it's sister restaurant Mug and Muffin, I think they were part of the same parent company. They were as similar as TJ Maxx and Marshalls are now.
In Norwood (on whatever they call their main street - Washington, maybe?).
The Pewter Pot Muffin Houses have been gone for 45 years
My ex-brother-in-law worked at the one in the South Shore Plaza until the early 1990's, so I know the above statement is not right. I wonder when the last one went out?
That's very cool that the founder went on to create the Hearth N Kettle. Similar vibe, but better food.
There was one in Burlington near Mitre Corp into the 1990s. To say 45 years is inaccurate.
My older brother and I both worked there in the 60’s. Here I was introduced to the “Radar Range”. The hadthe very best roast beef sandwich. The dinnerware was that dark black or brown with the cream colored melted edges style seen in manny coffee houses back then. It was near Stop & Shop area.... not sure if they’re still there.... I remember Windsor button, Perkins smoke shop, stop and shop, Kreskees, Filenes, Kennedy’s, Jordan Marsh, The Disc Shop, Hickory Farms. I remember when it was in the construction phase about 60 or 61, tented in plastic... we could see it from our classroom at Lakeside... actually had a helicopter land by Mrs Lampmans classroom...
I worked at Pewter Pot from April of 1976 to June of 1996. I was GM at the last remaining location, 211 Middlesex Turnpike Burlington. We closed on a Sunday towards the middle of June 1996. I worked at Tewksbury, North Andover, Salem, Revere, Braintree in addition to Burlington. Yeah mostly microwave food that would probably not fly today.
So the statement that they have been gone 45 years is not true. The muffins were not made in house but made in Burlington downstairs from the restaurant in the bakery for a while then bought frozen muffins made by Harts bakery and delivered from Worchester Quality Foods where we got most of our product delivered from.
Yeah they had around 40 locations at one point but went down hill late 80's or so. Yup, if you don't reinvest in your locations to keep them up, be creative with new menu items, and properly train management/staff then sales decline.,...but hey you can drive a fancy car, take vacations, buy assorted "toys" until you bleed the business down.
I am 37 and have memories of going to the Pewter Pot in Revere... so it can not have been gone for more than 30 or so years.
I worked at one in North Andover in 1981, so it hasn't been 45 years by any means.
Also, it's amusing to me how many people (of those who remember the chain) seem to think that the muffins were made in-house. Maybe they were at one point, but they arrived frozen in the back of a truck when I worked there.
As for the claim that "the food was pretty good", everything was either fried on the griddle, deep-fried, or heated up in the microwave.
Was their slogan "Our latchstring is always out"?
There were a bunch of Pewter Pots as well as Mug & Muffins. I could never keep track of which was which. One of the chains had a location in South Weymouth (Pleasant Shops when I worked at the Purity Supreme in 1980 give-or-take. I just found out there's still a Mug & Muffin in Norwood.
I often forget the Mug & Muffin. Was there one downtown on Tremont Street? And maybe one in the heart of Harvard Square (or was that a Pewter Pot)?
Up in Danvers, the large house-shaped building on Endicott Street that's now a Dunkin Donuts used to be a Pewter Pot.
Located at 232 Essex Street (corner of Washington Street), now Fountain Place Restaurant.
I remember there was a Pewter Pot right across from Bradlees at the Dedham Mall; there was also a Pewter Pot in the South Shore Plaza (I think it was near the food courts, but I'm not sure).
There was a Mug & Muffin in Cleary Square that came to be in the late '70s/early '80s, which replaced the former Rexall pharmacy. That M&M lasted until at least the mid '90s, when it became the current Talk & Wok Chinese restaurant.
.... never had it so good. $3.35 an hour, all the food you can eat, and all the rest of the employees were female.
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