WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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gastronomy table with a view culinary delights restaurants local cuisine dining out cuisine in good taste Ye Olde Cottage BETSY LAWSON writer YE OLDE COTTAGE 403 Boston Post Road Weston 781.893.9810 price range: $5 to $10 hours: Monday-Friday 6:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday 7:00 am to 2:00 pm Closed Sunday dress: Casual liquor: No parking: Free spots in front and along street payment: Cash only, no credit cards handicapped access: Yes reservations: No dick murraylikens the role Ye Olde Cottage has played in the heart of Weston for 60 years – and counting – to a switchboard. It's the neighborly hub through which news of events big and small travels quickly around the tight-knit community. And then he laughs that it's getting harder and harder to find a working switchboard these days. "Used to be, most towns had a mom-and-pop place like the Cottage," Murray says. But with the proliferation of chain restaurants, owner-operator diners have been gradually disappearing from the American landscape. Murray ran the Cottage with his wife Marlene from 1967 to 1998. Marlene passed away in 2007. For the past three years, Murray has served as the town's animal control officer, a position he describes as a great way to "retain my connection to the town. Running the diner for more than three decades, Murray says, was like raising an entire gen- " eration of Weston's kids. "A baby would be born and the Cottage would be the first place they'd visit," he says, "—a Cottage kid." 180 left to right: Kelly McCabe, Dawn Rodowicz (owner), and Tori Hay WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012 BRIAN SMITH

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