Has Newton's South Pacific Restaurant Closed its Doors?

Some conflicting signs on the Polynesian restaurant are leaving some wondering -- but is the restaurant, which been a Newton landmark for decades, finally gone?


Well, it certainly appears that way.

After decades as a landmark at Newton's Four Corners, has posted a sign on its door that reads:

"South Pacific has closed its doors. Thank you for your patronage all these years."

However, there is also a sign on the door that reads "closed for renovation." 

Nevertheless, the door remains locked and phone calls made Thursday evening did not ring through to an employee. There is also no message on the phone line. 

According to the city assessor's database, the property (1152 Beacon St.) is owned by South 1 Realty LLC. The most recent sale date was October 2010. 

The property, which includes retail stores from 1144-1152 Beacon St., was assessed in fiscal 2012 at $1.8 million. 

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Additional information on the status of the restaurant was not available at press time. Newton Patch will update this story with additional information as soon as it becomes available. 

Patch correstpondent and freelance writer contributed to this report.

UPDATED Sept. 13, 2:55 p.m. - Thanks to commenter Deb S. for letting us (and former South Pacific patrons) know about a memorial page that has been set up for the restaurant on Facebook

How do you feel about the closure of South Pacific? Make sure to leave your memories and comments below! 

Eric Benjamin October 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I know their service was slow but where are the egg rolls I ordered in 1985?
Charlie Worden October 10, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Only place I know that made Egg Foo Yung with a black sauce. Does anyone know the name of the sauce or its main ingredients? I grew up in NC but still traveled from Providence area to have that style EFY at least once a year. Does anyone know the cook?
Larry Peyser October 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I am still saddened, a week after trying the door in vain and only then noticing the "for lease" sign. A truly great and memorable restaurant I've been frequenting since the 60's serving the best shrimp and lobster sauce anywhere. I drove from Canton to enjoy the food and the coziest little bar around. What a loss. Larry P
Sumner Cohen December 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I knew the original owner Mansfield Chin. I ate there as a boy. They made the best Chinese food anywhere. I would love to have them re-open and invest in the new Restaurant. scohen62@comcast.net-------Sumner Cohen
bethsabee percevault February 23, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Please, please, does anyone know how to get or make eggrolls like those at south pacific. i live in paris and was looking forward to going back to my hometown and eating those delicious eggrolls...boo hoo!


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