The long awaited replacement for the old, dirty and dingy Barnstable General Store opened its door today. I met the wife at noon to take a first look and (hopefully) order a sandwich. As expected, the deli was hopping and the store was jammed with locals and courthouse folk.
Sandwiches are a reasonable $5.95 for cold sammies, and $6.95 for paninis and grilled ones. I had a pressed muffaletta that was delicious and the DW had a Roast Beef on a bulkie. Her beef was quite rare however so beware if you don't like your meat very rare. They have a full array of Boar's Head deli meats with maybe 10 bread choices and 3 different types of wraps, so you're sure to find something you'll like.
The store is a nice mix of the best of Peterson's and the best of Fancy's. The renovation is remarkable. Gone are the dirty carpets, replaced by new wood floors and oriental scatter rugs. The shelves are stocked with staples and specialty goods. The produce case has a broad selection of very fresh looking veggies at reasonably competitive supermarket pricing. There's a large coffee bar, fresh baked goods, iggy's breads as well as a couple of their own loaves. The meat case, although smaller than Petersons, had most anything you might look for, filet mignon, strip steaks, spoon roast, chicken, veal and lamb. One can certainly do a complete grocery shopping here and not get gouged on pricing.
There were some empty spaces yet to be filled on the shelves, and the beer and wine isn't open yet, but all-in-all, it is a much needed boost to the village. Support them as the money stays local.