Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"The Pic" May Be Gone, But Those Good Times Will Stay With Us

About a year and a half ago, I wrote of my families poor experience at the Piccadilly Pub here in town.  "Three Free Deserts? Why, Yes, That Will Make Everything All Better".  

The first hint that I had  that there was not going to be a good end to this restaurant was the new menus layout when The Pic was purchased in 2009.  The menu was just that, a menu.  No pride of product like the original owners had.  Just a list of what was available listed in pretty fonts, and colors.  

That simple display showed me there was no pride in product, and the manager, we interacted with, showed it.  

We didn't go back for well over a year, and when we did, the "product" was served well, the servers, as always, were excellent, but there was something in the air; a lack of permanence, maybe.

My feeling was right.  As of last week, The Piccadilly Pub is closed , and shuttered.  The owners are not talking.  Bankruptcy had been filed last year, and recently a Canadian group purchased those bankrupt holdings.  There is no word on whether or not "The Pic" will re-open, or be reincarnated into something different.

The old "Pic", the one I remember, will be greatly missed.  I hope that what ever replaces it will be able to supply the countless smiles our old friend did.

One thing that does need to be done is to recover the historic posters, and photographs of the Fairgrounds that were loaned to the restaurant, and lined the wall. Those are priceless, and need to be returned to their owner.  Although owned privately, a request for their return from the new owners on Town stationary would help things along.

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