A piece of Newton’s history disappeared this week with the removal of the iconic South Pacific sign. That this usually mundane act attracted such notice (here, here and here, for example) was a testament both to the restaurant it advertised and the era it symbolized. Although South Pacific closed in 2012, the sign’s removal made it clear that both the restaurant and the era when it was most popular were gone for good.
I only ate there once and enjoyed the food. What I really loved though was the atmosphere and the feeling of walking back to a time when my parents were my age. I think I may have even ordered a Mai Tai.
Time stands still for no one. While it always hurts to be reminded of that fact, we can still take comfort in our memories of the South Pacific and of similar haunts. Are there other places in Newton that can fulfill our almost primal need for nostalgia? Cabot’s Ice Cream and Virgilio’s Echo Bridge Restaurant are two places that comes to mind. Please let us know of others in the comments!