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Bentley’s Restaurant Has Closed After 42 Years of Serving Woodstock

May 16, 2019 03:59PM ● By Kevin
It was a sad and nostalgic day in Woodstock on April 19, 2019, as a community staple closed its doors for good. Bentley’s Restaurant, longstanding at 3 Elm St., was unable to remain open due to issues concerning its lease, which could not be renewed in time.

The restaurant was established in 1976 by entrepreneurs David Creech and Bill Deckelbaum, According to its website, Bentleys transformed from a florist shop, to an ice cream cafe, and ultimately to a full-service restaurant operation, including select function and catering services.

Bentleys was known for its unique art, antiques, photos, and other memorabilia collected over the years, and most recently proudly paid tribute to the rich and colorful history of Woodstock. In 2013, a new team of entrepreneurs, John G.F. Ruggieri-Lam and Maria L. Freddura, created Stonewall of Woodstock, Corp. to purchase and operate the establishment, due to the former ownership group in being in danger of bankruptcy. Under its most recent ownership, the restaurant hosted business functions, family gatherings, and other special events in its private dining rooms.

Off-site catering was also offered, with Bentleys capable of handling anything from small business parties to elaborate weddings and other occasions.

According to articles by the Valley News and WCAX, the building where Bentley’s existed for 42 years is in need of some cosmetic work. However, speculation in the Valley News story led readers to believe a new tenant could occupy the building as early as July of this year, “the start of the primary tourist season.”

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