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More tsuris: Joan & Ed’s in Framingham to close in less than two weeks

From one deli closing to another, oy. This time in Framingham, Mass:

Joan & Ed’s Deli to close forever after Father’s Day

By Charlie Breitrose/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Jun 10, 2010 @ 10:56 AM
Last update Jun 10, 2010 @ 12:05 PM
NATICK —
A culinary icon in the Golden Triangle will shut its doors for the last time on Father’s Day, the owners of Joan & Ed’s Deli announced today.

Ed and Joan Sanderson have run the deli in the area along Rte. 9 at the
Framingham/Natick line for 33 years, but have decided it’s time to retire.

“We hate to call it quits but there comes a time to hang it up,” Ed said.
“We will be closing (at the end of) Father’s Day, June 20, so we can give people time to come by and say goodbye.”

Joan and Ed’s is the longest running restaurant in the Golden Triangle,
besides Ken’s Steakhouse, Ed said. The Sandersons prided themselves in serving many products made right there in the restaurant, such as pastries, knishes, briskets and kugle.

The deli started in Framingham’s Shoppers World in 1977, and then moved
across Rte. 9 and across the town line to Natick’s Sherwood Plaza (now near the Christmas Tree Shops) in 1994.

Running an independent restaurant has become more difficult, too, Ed said.

“It’s harder to fight the battle with the economy, with insurance, government programs, health insurance and regulations,” Ed said. “Years ago when we first opened, there were dozens of delis, now can count on one or two hands.”

This morning, the Sandersons told their 32 employees about their plans to
close the deli. The couple, who lives in Framingham, plans to spend more time
with friends and family, and enjoy their home in Maine.

Go while you can.

Joan & Ed’s Deli Restaurant
www.jedeli.com
Sherwood Plaza – Route 9 East
1298 Worcester Road, Natick, MA 01760, United States
(508) 653-4442

4 Responses to “More tsuris: Joan & Ed’s in Framingham to close in less than two weeks”

  1. Todd R. Weiss Says:

    I’m so sad to see Joan & Ed’s closing. As a technology journalist, I travel to attend tech conferences and to cover the news wherever it happens. Often I went to Framingham because my former magazine is located there. I’d go each visit to Joan & Ed’s because it felt like home. The food is delicious. Incredible matzoh ball soup, great sandwiches, great service. This place will be very missed. A traveler’s oasis on the road. Say it ain’t so, Joan!
    Best wishes and thanks for every great meal there.
    Oh, the humanity.

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