Sally and Bob’s History
By Benjamin “Bob” Dworetsky
The name Sally and Bob’s seemed inevitable for the name of the new restaurant. You must understand that we (Sally and Bob) were inseparable. You see one – the other is not far behind. And should it happen, on rare occasions, when we are temporarily apart, should anyone see us by ourself, they would immediately say, “Here comes Sally and Bob.”
It started when the lovebirds married in 1948. Sally’s father, Norman Yellin, invited me to work with him in his deli in New York - Midtown Manhattan. The relationship was wonderful. In 1962, the entire area was caught up in redevelopment and my father-in-law and I had to give up the business.
As luck would have it, the wholesaler with whom we dealt, told us of a deli in Hartford, CT that was going out of business. So one day my father-in-law and I went to Connecticut to take a look-see. The course of our lives changed that day! We bought the business almost on the spot and we moved to Hartford. Business was good. But, you wouldn’t believe what happened! The year was 1969 and we were caught up in the redevelopment again. Nobody told us life would be a bed of roses! It isn’t and it wasn’t, but what do you do?
My father-in-law, Norman, wasn’t getting any younger and wouldn’t consider partnership again. So Sally and I had to strike out on our own. One day we heard that a breakfast and lunch type restaurant was for sale in West Hartford Center. I took my daughter, Rhonda, to have a look. The location was good and I thought the potential was there. I bought the place on the spot. Sally agreed and it turned out to be a great investment. Things looked pretty good for all.
Come 1983, I wanted to retire and my daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Ronnie Zieky were chompin’ at the bit to take over. Ronnie loved cooking and the food service business. I didn’t think twice about handing him over the keys.
The rest, as they say, is history.
If and when you’re in West Hartford, come and see us. You’ll be glad you did!