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Boston toilets may become eateries

BOSTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Some Boston officials say they want to convert two former public toilet facilities into upscale outdoor eating establishments.

The idea of converting the aging gothic-style "Pink Palace" at Boston Commons and a grungy closed-up restroom called the Duck House in the Back Bay Fens neighborhood will be presented to lawmakers at a Statehouse meeting Tuesday by the city's Parks and Recreation Commission staff, the Boston Herald reports.

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Some people said they are OK with the concept.

"It could be a real conversation piece," Cathy Chang of Arlington told the Herald as she sat on a park bench near the Pink Palace.

Bill Clark of Newport, R.I., said he wouldn't have a problem with it because it hasn't been a toilet for a long time.

"They could have two sides to the restaurant -- men and women -- and a lot of railings," he quipped.

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