Polcari’s Coffee on the corner of Salem and Parmenter Streets in the North End was recently featured on the YouTube channel OnlyGood TV.
Shop owner Bobby Eustace narrates this 8 minute video where he talks about the history of the 87-year-old shop. Eustace took over the shop from Ralph Polcari, son of the founder, Anthony Polcari. The shop has a unique, historic feel to it, and Eustace makes sure to keep it that way, even replacing a 100-year-old scale not with a modern one, but with another antique version.
“I feel like I’m a museum keeper… when things aren’t too perfect they’re beautiful.” – Bobby Eustace
Bruce Alba, owner of Alba Produce just a few doors down on Parmenter Street, is a boyhood friend of Bobby’s. About Eustace taking over the coffee shop from Polcari Alba says, “You couldn’t find a better person to leave it to, it was a good mix.”
Thank you to Mark Bernier for sharing this video.