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This Is Framingham
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June 10th, 2010

I know they moved to Natick years ago but Joan and Ed’s Deli was an important part of the old Shoper’s World.  I worked there when it was at SW and remember when I was late for work running up the ramp and bringing home pickles for my mom at the end of the night.
Anyway, they had the best knishes around and their food will be missed!
Here’s the MWDN article posted today about the closing:


  1. Oh no! I can believe J&E’s is closing!!!

    Comment by Michael June 10, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

  2. I will so miss their French Onion Soup. They made it better than anywhere. It’s a shame there isn’t someone in their family who would want to continue the tradition.

    I hope they consider writing a cookbook with some of their special recipes. They’d make a fortune.

    Comment by Susie June 11, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

  3. Oh no! This is my favorite restaurant. Kugel’s doesn’t even come close. My family goes at least once a month, we will miss it immensely!

    Comment by Jennifer June 11, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  4. Really sad, one of the few non-chain unique places left in the area. It will probably get replaced by some ridiculous chain like “5 Guys Burgers and Fries”. Hamburgers and hot dogs, now there’s an exciting menu for us all.
    Bad economic sign if a place like J&E’s couldn’t find a buyer.
    I will miss the deli.

    Comment by John L June 12, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

  5. I love 5 Guys 🙂

    Comment by Chunky June 15, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  6. up until recently the wife and I enjoyed going there. the food was really lacking and the waitstaff seemed rather tired. yes, it was good at one time, but it just wasn’t the same place I remembered….

    Comment by Patrick June 15, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

  7. My wife and i ate their last Friday and had the best pancakes and breakfast. The food was delicious and I got a few desserts to go. It was very starnge to see all of their pictures and poems off the walls leaving just holes and memories. The only thing left on the wall was an american flag l. There is no real “New York” style deli anywhere in MA that I have visited that can hold a candle to Joan and Ed’s. The place was always clean, the cups, silverware and plates, clean, clean clean. Just try to get a clean cup at Mel’s Commonwealth Diner in Natick/Wayland. We went their first and were disgusted by the dried food particles stuck in the plastic coffee cups. Very dirty at Mel’s!! Joan an Ed’s restaraunt was so very clean and it will be missed as well as the guys at the deli counter and ladies who make the cakes and pies at the register. Joan and Ed wil be missed as well . They were very kind and sweet and I wish them the very best. I wish Mel’s would have closed instead of Joan and Ed’s.

    Comment by Peter G. June 21, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  8. Great blog! Found it searching for the old Chateau DeVille, a name I could not remember when telling stories last night. I moved from Framingham in 1976 but lots of memories remain. A Kinish comment, I thought the best came from the take out store which was part of the seafood/steak restaurant at the Rt9/Rt126 interchange, the restaurant was on the east side, the store on the west.

    Comment by Jo November 7, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

  9. Thanks for all the kudos. I just came across this blog. We miss the customers …. but after 33 years it was time to call it quits. It was a good run and we thank you all.
    Joan & Ed

    Comment by Ed Sanderson July 10, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  10. I used to get my hair cut by jack at a place called Pandolfino’s. He cut my first haircut to the last on ever cut in Framingham before my family moved to Los Angeles. Funny thing, he cut my hair for 13 years and always called me Scott, but my name is David

    Comment by david meltzer October 8, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

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