BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- When people think of South Boston, they may think of Castle Island, "Whitey" Bulger, L Street Brownies, the St. Patrick's Parade and breakfast.
For Maria Stephanos, South Boston reminds her of Sullivan's and a guy who has been working there since he was a kid. She introduces Harry Markarian in her "Real People, Real Stories" series.
The Sullivan family of course owns Sullivan's Castle Island, known far and wide for their hot dogs, but it runs through every vein of Harry Markarian's body. He worked there in high school, college, graduate school, and when the door closed on the corporate world, Sullivan's door was always opened to Harry.
"I've always been at Sullivan's, always been there, whether it's part-time or full-time, I was always here, I got laid off in '86 and came here," says Harry, who is in his 43rd year of work at the popular South Boston eatery.
To say Sullivan's is an institution in Southie is an understatement. It helps make up the fabric of so many people's lives, so much so, that even after their lives end, somehow Sullivan's stays alive. Harry says people have come by in a hearse in the past.
"Basically, it's the person that passes on his last request is to go around Castle Island and come by Sullivan's. In fact, I've told my wife that when I pass, that when they come around Castle Island, pass out $10 gift cards for Sullivan's for lunch so we don't have to have a party afterwards," says Harry.
Stephanos played the name game with Harry to see what famous names have dropped into Sullivan's in the past. Among Sullivan's most famous visitors are Jack Nicholson while filming "The Departed" and Boston native Ben Affleck.