History

104 years is a long time! These are some highlights from along the way...

 
From left, Jack Starr, Betty Starr, Karen Starr Kotzen, Jason Starr, Alan Starr circa 1992

From left, Jack Starr, Betty Starr, Karen Starr Kotzen, Jason Starr, Alan Starr circa 1992

 

1913: Max Starr, an immigrant from Russia, founds Boston Showcase Company in Roxbury, MA. The company crafts fine millwork including showcases for department stores, bars for restaurants and cabinetry. 

1948: Milton Starr, the oldest of Max’s four sons, takes over as President. Jason, the youngest son, graduates from Harvard and establishes the distinguished University as the first food service equipment and supplies account in BSC history, a relationship that still endures. 

1950’s: While the four Starr boys, including Leonard and Erwin, work in the business, BSC designs and supplies hotels throughout the United States and in parts of South America. BSC also supplies the Mr. Donut chain, which preceded Dunkin’ Donuts. 

1963: Anthony’s Pier 4, which becomes one of the most famous restaurants in the nation, opens in Boston with the help of BSC, which designed the kitchen and supplied the equipment and smallwares until their closing in 2013. 

1973 and 1976: Jason’s sons Alan, followed by Jack enter the business. Both serve as Vice Presidents during their careers. 

1979: Following Milton Starr's retirement, his brother, Jason, assumes the role of President. 

1980's: Through Jason's close relationships with prominent hoteliers, Boston Showcase Company works with Embassy Suites, Sonesta Hotels and Guest Quarters on numerous projects. 

1990’s and 2000’s: Boston Showcase Company continues working with premier individual restaurants including Grill 23, Stephanie’s on Newbury, and Hamersley’s Bistro. Additionally, BSC expands its footprint as a kitchen equipment contractor for school, hotel, assisted living and office projects. 

2004: The largest project in our company history, the Boston Convention Center, is completed. 

2007: Alan assumes the role of President while his son, Andy, becomes the fourth generation in the Starr family to work for the business. 

2011: Jack's son, Matt, joins Boston Showcase Company full time and becomes the second fourth-generation employee. 

2013: BSC celebrates 100 years in business!