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Grinders, Grinders, Grinders

Posted By: Ed Gervais <>
Date: Friday, 5 January 2001, at 12:49 a.m.

Remy was his name and grinders were his game. His store was affectionately called "The Hole in the Wall" and "cousin" Remy Handfield ran it with pleasure for many years after his in-laws the Santa Lucia's handed over the reins.

The second best place, anywhere, for a real grinder was at the "Grinder Shop" (formerly Joe's) that the gentleman from Latvia and his lovely wife with the large goiter on her neck (you notice those things when you're a little kid) ran from early morning until after the dinner hour. They walked to and from work every day, from across the river, (Pleasant St. area) no matter the weather, to open their shop for the neighbors and kids at school. They didn't speak English very well but they understood customer service.

There was a great place in Norwich, too! It was called D'alia's. They moved to Riverside, California and opened a grinder shop there. 


Posted By: Ernie Gesner <>
Date: Friday, 5 January 2001, at 10:20 p.m.

In Response To: Grinders, Grinders, Grinders (Ed Gervais)

The D'alias also opened a grinder shop on Holt Blvd in Ontario, Calif. 


Posted By: Ada Kerachsky Albright <>
Date: Monday, 8 January 2001, at 12:34 p.m.

In Response To: Grinders, Grinders, Grinders (Ed Gervais)

There was also a good grinder/pizza place on North Main Street, left side going away from the center of town, near or adjoining a gas station (former site of Sussman Coal & Oil?) in the mid-to-late '50's. There is an outstanding place still in Middletown on South Main Street, the Pizza Palace to which members of my family have gone since the '50's. We knew about it because my late aunt (a native of Willimantic) lived in Middletown after she was married. 


Posted By: Bill S <>
Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2001, at 10:21 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Grinders, Grinders, Grinders (Ada Kerachsky Albright)

De'lias is still open in Norwich. Went there last year. George Beaury's College Shop on Jackson St had the no. 1 grinder in town. Gone with reconstruction. No one makes grinders anymore because they don't use thin shredded cabbage. Ernie how's life and your sister Shirley. I have occasional thought's of your dad and the Shell.


Posted By: Traci <>
Date: Tuesday, 6 November 2001, at 4:50 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Grinders, Grinders, Grinders (Bill S)

I know this is a really old thread, but I was surfing and I just liked the title. I went to college in Poughkeepsie, NY and still live in that area. The first time I went into a deli and asked for a grinder I was looked at like I had four heads or something. lol I really could use a good grinder for dinner tonight. When I was going to Kramer Middle School we used to to remy's for the cheap candy. Jolly Ranchers stick candies for 10 cents each.