Bentleys and Firestones Closed

bentleys closedWoodstock Early Birds, it is with regret that many Villagers noticed the brown paper up on Bentley’s Restaurant this morning. Bentley’s and Firestones are closing.

We made inquiries, but could not reach the principals David Creech and Bill Decklebaum.

However, from sources inside, we can confirm that Bentley’s and Firestones Restaurants are closed and will be for the time being. We don’t know if this is “temporary” or “forever.”

We do understand that some key personnel may be kept on retainer in case new owner/operators are announced.

For the time being, all parties involved are sequestered behind closed doors in a meeting (not to be disturbed — we asked). We note, however, a triad of heretofore unknown personalities in a separate room who referred all inquiries to those in the meeting.

There are no preparations being made for lunch or for dinner at this time.

We definitely thank David and Bill for their years and years and years of contribution to this well-known watering hole, eatery, playground, dance hall and anchor of the Woodstock Community.

This restaurant space is key to the Village’s economic vitality, but is just the latest of several storefronts to be abandoned for various reasons — most of which include inability to keep up with high rents. In this case, the situation was a bit more complicated we are told but have not been provided with the details.

Bentley’s and Firestone’s in recent years had been plagued by at least two bookkeeping “situations” with several asked to leave after embezzlement accusations. We had heard, of late, that restaurant consultants from a well-known Boston fish restaurant might be serving as consultants or planning some changes. We do not have any confirmation of that, at this time.

Update: David Creech did share that he hoped we might have some news in three to four weeks time about what might be happening to the restaurant space. When we asked for information of the three “unknowns” in their “war-room” we were referred to a John Ruggierio.

19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paulette Osborne on March 4, 2013 at 12:06

    This is a disaster for Woodstock. I started working at Bentleys a few months after it opened and left in 1985. but even though I physically left, I never emotionally left. Bentleys continued to be a huge part of my life as did the family of friends I created there. This is like a death in the family to me. So sad. and the village needs Bentleys. I hope something can be done.

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  2. Posted by A. E. Norton on March 4, 2013 at 12:57

    This is very sad and very serious for this town.

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  3. Posted by David Creech on March 4, 2013 at 13:08

    Julia,

    Thanks for your article.

    David

    W. David Creech W. David Creech Real Estate 3 Elm St. Woodstock, Vt 05091

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  4. Posted by Careen on March 4, 2013 at 13:30

    Thanks to all our awesome customers who have made our jobs at Bentleys so enjoyable over the last 37 years.

    WEB Note: Love ya’ Careen. Hopefully we will see you (and others!) again behind the bar soon! WEB

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  5. Posted by Pat Crocker on March 4, 2013 at 13:35

    This very sad and bad news. Dave and Bill and Bentley’s have been a part of the fabric of our community for very long time. I wish them only the best. Whatever comes next, I hope it will be a local pub for a beer and burger (or salad and wine) that we locals can afford and will be welcomed.

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  6. Posted by Molly on March 4, 2013 at 16:26

    What a sad event. Bentley’s is a Woodstock tradition that cannot be
    replaced! I love the staff….Andrew, Careen, Nicky, Paul, Ali, Amy, etc.
    What a professional staff, and I have always loved going to Bentley’s and cannot
    imagine Woodstock without them.
    Best wishes and many thanks to Bill and Dave. Both of you have done so
    much for Woodstock since you opened in 1976. Unimaginable.
    I will hope that maybe–just possibly–this sad turn of events will reverse itself
    so that you and Bentley’s will return to us.

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  7. Posted by Steven Thomas on March 4, 2013 at 19:50

    WOW! The only thing that would shock me more would be the Woodstock Inn closing…

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    • Posted by Steven Thomas on March 4, 2013 at 19:52

      P.S. Keep raising those rents, absentee landlords, and we can have a brown-paper-windowed town!

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      • We should note in this case it is not an absentee landlord. Also we understand from a local attorney that at least one absentee landlord has been trying to work with tenants to help keep them in their spaces. WEB

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  8. It would be interesting to chart the rise in rent in Woodstock vs. the rise in taxes.

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  9. Posted by Bbhyde2@aol.com on March 5, 2013 at 07:30

    Tragic! Thanks, Julia, for your wonderful line of information. We can not have another building stand empty! Barb

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  10. Posted by Andrea Sand on March 5, 2013 at 08:47

    Say it ain’t so, Bill and Dave. So sad for the community — but thank you for all of your hard work.

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  11. Posted by Nate Linehan on March 5, 2013 at 16:14

    No mention of Bob Crowe? 🙂

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    • Believe it or not we don’t report gossip unless we have two confirmed reliable sources or word directly from one official, we don’t even mention it, therefore the answer to your question is “no” -WEB

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  12. Posted by Jill Davies on March 7, 2013 at 14:31

    interesting pieces in the newspapers about Bentleys – i hope you can do some sleuthing for us Julia to work out the spiders web

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    • David Creech has promised to let us know when there is news. He told WEB that would be in three to four weeks. In the meantime we understand the parties are all privately working out arrangements for the building and what we hope will be a new restaurant.

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