This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
Life in the ‘ham

Where’s the beef?

March 22nd, 2007

To my shock, yesterday I saw a “For Lease” sign and a note in the window of Hurwitz’s kosher butcher shop.  Yet another business walkable from our house that has closed.  Sometimes it’s so hard to be optimistic about the direction Framingham is going in, there are times where it’s ok, but places like this closing really bum me out. 
Last time I was in there, I was talking to the owner and asked him how business was, he said it’s hard but they manage mostly with orders from Worcester and other places west of Framingham.  It sounded like it was tough but I was hoping they would somehow manage.  I just hope this will be turned into something useful but there was nothing like having a neighborhood butcher shop. 

I bought my first brisket here that I cooked myself (although I had my mom coaching me on the phone) and they were always good for a roast chicken on the way home when I didn’t feel like cooking and somehwere to quickly pick up a challah or a Dr. Brown’s soda.  I’ll miss having this place around.
Shalom Hurwitz’s.


  1. Oh no! Was just going to go there to get some Passover stuff :-(((((. Where the heck am I going to get a good brisket now?

    Comment by Jenn March 22, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

  2. Although I never shopped there, I always hate to see old places like this close.

    Comment by Rhea March 22, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

  3. Dave,
    Hope all is well with you and yours. Hopefully, you’re retiring to someplace warm to watch the kids play baseball !!! Best of luck with your next 49 years.

    Comment by Lisa McCarthy March 23, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

  4. The building was sold to an Indian, who jacked up the rents. The town wouldn’t allow parking on Concord St anymore.
    The Rabbi who charged them to certify the products as Kosher, gave the same service to Walmart and B.J.s free of charge.
    It’s no wonder the small independent business owner had to leave.

    Comment by dave March 23, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

  5. We were going to order our turkey from there but found out about it closing. The thought of going to the Butcherie in Brookline the day before passover starts is not conforting. No parking and they will not tak advanced orders. So we ordered from Larry Levine in Peabody. Right off Route 1 with plenty of parking. best of all they took an order over the phone so, in theory, we should be able to go right in, grab the food, and go.

    Comment by Rich March 24, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

  6. the fact that the Rabbi gives the service to Walmart and BJ’s for free and not to independent shops is disgusting. No wonder the little guy can’t make it anymore.

    Comment by Rob March 24, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

  7. This was a really special place. Not only were the salami sticks delectible, but the service was incredible. I remember going there when Sam and Fran were running the joint and continued to go there when their son david took the reigns. Always smiling faces and lots of laughs. Framingham has lost the best shop in town. Best of luck to the Hurwitz clan.

    Comment by Rosita March 25, 2007 @ 12:32 am


    Comment by shlomo March 25, 2007 @ 12:48 am

  9. Framingham has lost a gem. This store will be remembered as an icon to the greater Boston community, the Jewish community and the town of Framingham. The Hurwitz family ran a phenomenal business.

    Comment by Bubba March 26, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

  10. So let me get this straight, it’s the Rabbis, the supermarkets and the new landlord that caused the demise of Hurwitz? WRONG, look in the mirror my Jewish freinds. It is you as well taht caused their problems. For some reason the Jewish people have this knack of shopping at the lowest priced stores for everything before they will patronize a local company. You all know who you are. Lets look at Bread Basket, the Stranick Family, GONE. Let;s also look at Gould Fine Clothing in Medway Ma, GONE and now Hurwitz, GONE! It is simply as David said in todays paper, time to stop the bleeding. You all will drive a million miles to save .05 cents and then bitch and complain about the raw deal you got form the local guy. You all forget that these peoepl re members of our local community too. They help to support the community with donations and help as well.
    It is to some extent the Vaad and the Mass Council of Rabbis to blame as well. They allowed the local box and chain stores to sell no only 24/7 but in the holidays that Basket and Hurwitz were required to close.
    I AM DISAPPOINTED INT HE JEWISH COMMUNITY AND WISH THAT YOU ALL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. Long drives, poor service and that warm and fuzzy feeling that dealing with the giant stores ALWAYS leaves you with .
    Good luck and Good Health to the Hurwitz, Strasnick and Gould families!!!

    Comment by Jeffrey March 26, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

  11. While I find Jeffrey’s comments extremely harsh, his point is not without merit. I don’t agree with how he made it, but, it’s true. Trader Joe’s started out just selling kosher chicken breast, then kosher whole chickens, and last year they started selling kosher steaks, including choice cuts like rib eye. Even the big box super markets like Stop & Shop and Shaws started carrying more an more kosher meat. Trader Joes did indeed have the best prices around and why did they continue to expand their inventories? Because people were buying it all up.

    The scolding that Jeffrey just gave is uncalled for, maybe he has lost a family business to the chains.

    What really unfortunate is that there really isn’t any place west of Framingham to get the kinds of things you can only get at a Kosher Butcher. Things like real knishes, kishke, roasts, and more. The only place in the Worcester area for kosher meat is Price Chopper.

    Help Support the little guys, shop local!

    Comment by scott March 29, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  12. man dave when i drove by and looked to see your truck only to see the for lease sign i was shocked. jake is gonna tell me about it later but im really sorry big guy.

    little kev

    Comment by kevin May 6, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

  13. i noticed recently that the exterior is being renovated nicely with a fresh paintjob….what’s going in there?

    Comment by pete h June 14, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

  14. It may not be Kosher, but there is still Cintolo’s on Grant St. They have been a neighborhood grocery/meat market for a long time.

    Comment by Nostalgio October 27, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

Comments RSS

Leave a comment