Benchmark Deli closing over dispute with landlord

by susan on September 30, 2009

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Here’s one I’m really sad about. The Benchmark Deli in the mint green building on Framingham Road (map) will close for good on Saturday over disputes with their landlord.

I heard the rumor this weekend, and today the Metrowest Daily News confirms it’s true.

It can’t be easy to run a restaurant in this economy, but Benchmark was doing it and from all appearances doing it successfully. What a shame.

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1 LHM September 30, 2009 at 12:12 PM

such a shame! they had really good food.

2 LMB September 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM

What a shame, I love going there and did so weekly. They were good for our Town and were so good to the public. Not suprised the landlord couldn’t be reached, seems to be the norm today. Hopefully they find a new location, you can bet I will once again be a faithful customer, good luck to them!!

3 Chris September 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Maybe they can move down the road to the old Capasso’s stand, if it (too) frees up shortly.

4 Joe M September 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

That’s a shame. Great roast beef and very friendly. Best of luck to them. I hope they stick around.

5 Marge Coldwell September 30, 2009 at 7:54 PM

I am so sorry to see them go! They were always friendly and courteous. It was a nice place to take the grandkids for lunch. Hopefully they can find another local spot to open.

6 ralph tricomi September 30, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Great place for the town, great family business and high quality food at a fair price. I hope Luke, Matt and Harry find a place in Southborough soon. Our town needs more businesses like Benchmark run by a family like the Duplesssis’ not less!

7 Cindy October 1, 2009 at 6:14 AM

Finally a lunch place at that site with some staying power and they have to close down! Was one of the office’s favorite places to order out lunch. You guys will be sadly missed!

8 minimom October 1, 2009 at 7:41 AM

The landlord doesn’t have a good track record with previous renters and even with a successful renter he can’t seem to keep it going. He must be a real pain to deal with – his reputation will prevent him from renting the place again. And then Southborough gets stuck with another abandoned corner lot – matching the pathetic corner lot at the other end of Newton Street.

9 kris October 1, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Very sad! Great people with a strong customer base. Hope they stay local!

10 KO October 1, 2009 at 10:16 AM

What is the deal with this landlord? Seriously, something does not add up. How many businesses have come and gone from this location? It’s sad because it was wonderful to see a family working together and offering good fresh food and great prices!

11 Jessie October 1, 2009 at 10:47 AM

My husband and I are totally bummed about this. We love Benchmark. I got on their email list and they will notify their fans when they find a new location, probably in the spring.

12 LHM October 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Let’s hope they can find out what is going on w/Capasso’s and set up shop there. Benchmark has such a great following that even a few months out of commission won’t hurt. Best of luck wherever they end up.

13 DLD October 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Susan – Do you know what the latest is on the Capasso Farms site? Last I heard – probably from your site – the owner of Turnpike Liquors was going to move in but I haven’t seen any changes so far. As someone who still misses the old farmstand and was disappointed by The Country Gourmet, I’m really interested in what’s going to happen there.

14 Fred October 1, 2009 at 4:40 PM

It would be fantastic if they could set up shop in the Capasso Farms Site!!!

15 susan October 2, 2009 at 1:39 AM

DLD – Not sure, I haven’t heard an update in a while. Last I knew things were essentially on hold pending legal/financial issues that needed to be worked out. I’ll certainly post if I find out more.

16 Gail DuBois, Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes October 4, 2009 at 2:32 AM

Great food – nice people…. Will be such a shame to see them go. Let’s hope they will stay in town!

17 NancyV October 4, 2009 at 8:23 AM

I’d love to see them go into the yellow bulding by the train station. That place has been empty since it was built. The train station could provide some great business for them, as could the location right on Route 85.

18 marty October 6, 2009 at 3:06 PM

This is at least the 3rd business to have failed at that location, possibly more. I say three, because I have spoken with 3 business owners who told me they moved on because of issues with the landlord. That is a shame.

I wonder why the town officials have not looked into the number of roomers living in that building. I believe it exceeds the zoning rules.

Also, there is an illegal curb cut in the paring lot onto Newton St. Why doesn’t the town take action to require the landlord to repair it?

And YES, the BOS is aware of these issues. I know for a fact that at least Bonnie and Bill are aware of these issues.

19 marty October 6, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I would LOVE to see the police and fire station moved to a new location on Rt 85 at the building across the street from the transfer station. What a central location!

Then we could use the old fire station and police complex for restaurants such as this one. I would love to see another restaurant in town.

We could reserve the exteriors of the buildings to maintain the character of the town, but add tax revenue.

20 Georg October 25, 2009 at 1:44 AM

I wish if they join Mr. Ziada where capasso used to runthe Farm instead of the gourmet thing

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