Owner closing Trudies Treats - Sentin...

Owner closing Trudies Treats - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 38 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jun 5, 2010, titled Owner closing Trudies Treats - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

A bad economy and "small-town politics" spelled the end of Trudies Treats in the center of Lunenburg, according to owner Judy Comeau.

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Sick of mediocre

Leominster, MA

#1 Jun 5, 2010
Leave it to Lunenburg to drive business out of town. The small town politics is sickening and the old cronies have to go. Good luck "Trudies". You'll be better off in another town anyway. Lunenburg isn't worth it, and is an embarrassment to the surrounding towns who are forced to "deal with" the ignorance and arrogance of the "small town..small mind" mediocre people.
Dianne

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Jun 5, 2010
homemade ring dings and swiss rolls? How did I not know about this place?
More Perceptive

Leominster, MA

#3 Jun 5, 2010
Where's Joe Bilotta when we need him??
He would have found a way to make it work!!!
He is sadly missed by all of the residents, and it's time to get some leadership back in Lunenburg. Right now...we're stuck with short sighted people with their own agendas in mind...not the residents or the best interest of this town in mind. The planning board goes out of it's way to drive business out of town for their own viewing pleasure....and the residents have to pay the price.
The morale of the residents is very low right now and it's no wonder why people are moving out in droves and pulling their kids out of the school system. Lunenburg has earned it's name as "mediocre" and to the future doesn't look too bright. Smarten up Lunenburg!!!!!
FeeBee

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Jun 5, 2010
Nooooo! I LOVE Trudie's! This is very sad.
JIm

Fitchburg, MA

#6 Jun 5, 2010
Although I do not agree with the need for them to have gotten a liquor license, there is no question that they were denied a fair opportunity to obtain one, and back door politics won out.

Makes you wonder whose palms got greased in this deal, and if it can happen in this situation, how many other "deals" are being made in town at the expense of others.

Fitchburg had terrible corruption in their city hall, and whether it still continues is anyones bet, but apparently the town hall in Lunenburg has decided to get into the business as well.

Not sure if they will find more success in another town, as the opportunity exists for corruption in most communities as there is no oversignt, the best chance is to find out who you need to pay off, and just do it first.
Shaking My Head

Petersham, MA

#7 Jun 5, 2010
@Jim, why is it when corruption in Lunenburg is the main subject, you turn the focus around and shine light on Fitchburg's problems?

It's fashionable to do that: kick Fitchburg around while across the line in haughty Lunenburg.

I was in Dario's several weeks ago when the owner had to make a food delivery to Fitchburg. He was talking to customers/friends at the bar, and he said he was afraid to take his new Mercedes into Fitchburg. They all had a laugh, saying they were lucky to live/work in Lunenburg and what a crap place Fitchburg is.

And there I was, about to pay my bill, AND a resident of Fitchburg. I WAS a regular customer at Dario's, but now I don't like going there.

Lunenburgers are no better than Fitchburgers (although they like to think so), and this case of Trudie's getting slapped around by Town Hall I*diots is proof of that.

The answer isn't to pay off corrupt individuals. Your suggesting so suggests and lack of insight and intelligence on your part.

When will Lunenburg stop feeling better than Fitchburg? They sure don't set an acceptable example.
Westminster Resident

Marlborough, MA

#8 Jun 5, 2010
If everything I've read about this situation is true it is a horrible indictment of the governmental attitude and capability in Lunenburg. What a bunch of Yahoos!
Red HALF Raider

Gloucester, MA

#9 Jun 5, 2010
Judy, that is just one horrible way an elitist town like Lunenburg can operate..if you were a resident maybe things would have gone better..keep an eye open as to what happens in your footprint..best of luck.
Blah Blah Blah

Princeton, MA

#10 Jun 5, 2010
I agree that someone's palms were probably greased and that's why the alcohol license arrangement excluded her. That seems to always be an issue no matter what city or town you are talking about in Massachusetts. Nothing new about that scandal at all.

However, I don't think a business goes under because they didn't have alcohol for sale. There are other aspects to any restaurant and more than 50% of all restaurants fail. That's just the way it is regardless of if alcohol is served so losing the license may not be what put her out of business. There are PLENTY of restaurants and bakeries that do not sell alcohol that do a wonderful business so alcohol isn't the solution. It's just a matter of what clicks, price, product, service and location are more important and in this economy you have to have them all going perfectly to survive.
Lunenburg Resident

Leominster, MA

#11 Jun 5, 2010
Blah Blah Blah wrote:
I agree that someone's palms were probably greased and that's why the alcohol license arrangement excluded her. That seems to always be an issue no matter what city or town you are talking about in Massachusetts. Nothing new about that scandal at all.
However, I don't think a business goes under because they didn't have alcohol for sale. There are other aspects to any restaurant and more than 50% of all restaurants fail. That's just the way it is regardless of if alcohol is served so losing the license may not be what put her out of business. There are PLENTY of restaurants and bakeries that do not sell alcohol that do a wonderful business so alcohol isn't the solution. It's just a matter of what clicks, price, product, service and location are more important and in this economy you have to have them all going perfectly to survive.
Excellent comment !
Talk about small minded people.... There is no bribes! Come on people! This is small potatoes. Trudies had a problem from day one with its location. It was a lousy location for a thriving business and then they tried to expand in a bad location and terrible parking. I went once or twice aroud noonish and it was not worth the effort. Instead of the constant complaining, they should have had someone looking for what is the first rule of realty @ LOCATION LOCATION.
Hairy Harry

Marlborough, MA

#12 Jun 5, 2010
Gosh, I'm happy to see so many "experts" on one thread.
To easy

Leominster, MA

#13 Jun 5, 2010
I've never been to the place but home made ring dings and a Heinekin just doesn't mix. What's next, Dunkin Donut's serving a Martini and Boston creme combo?
Hairy Harry

Marlborough, MA

#14 Jun 5, 2010
"To easy", both of those combos you listed in post #13 are my favorites. To each his or her own, as they say.
Fizbo

Leominster, MA

#15 Jun 5, 2010
To easy wrote:
I've never been to the place but home made ring dings and a Heinekin just doesn't mix. What's next, Dunkin Donut's serving a Martini and Boston creme combo?
They already serve booze and deserts, in Leominster..at that "Desert Bar"
Fizbo

Leominster, MA

#16 Jun 5, 2010
Again, an example of "small town politics" and "knowing the right palm to grease!"
Lunenburger with Cheese

Brighton, MA

#17 Jun 5, 2010
The sad moral to this story? You GOTTA pay off Marion Benson so the Planning Board DOES support whatever you want to open. If Larry Flint rolled into town and wanted to open a strip club and brothel, it would get the PB's approval as long as Marion's retirement fund was properly compensated.
New Awakining

Leominster, MA

#19 Jun 5, 2010
The BOS approves appoinntments to the planning board. Now they comment like they just don't know what happened - blub blub blub, at least they approved the Lake Whalon Beautifiation Project
Supporter of Mayor Dino

Leominster, MA

#20 Jun 6, 2010
Move the business to Leominster, as Leominster is very business friendly!
Get Real Folks

Windham, NH

#21 Jun 6, 2010
"corruption", "greased-palms", "backdoor politics"..... you people should stop watching all that prime-time TV and living in your Robert Ludlum worlds. I have never heard such BS in my life!

The business is closing for the simple fact that they didn't get enough customer traffic to keep it going. It is nothing that the Planning Board or the Board of Selectmen did to cause that. And it is certainly not anything Marion Benson DID. Nor is there is anything that anyone else (not even the "great" (you're kidding me, right?) Joe Bilotta) could've done....except maybe go there more often.

Sure, it was unfortunate about the liquor license, but the Selectmen have corrected that with the new application procedures. In any event, that license is not what forced it to close. Neither is the passed-over zoning change. Low volume did, plain and simple. It is a sad fact of life, but businesses fail.

The store was a wonderful place, with great food and fabuluous staff. I am sorry to see it go, but don't falsely put the blame on some "there-must-be-something- going-on-behind-the-scenes " plot because it is simply not true.
walnuts

Leominster, MA

#22 Jun 6, 2010
Benson always had it in for Trudies, she was a thorn in this fine business' side. why do we let Benson get away with this garbage?

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