As a young man Hodesh founded the Fleetwood Diner, and he and his wife, Margaret Parker, also ran a B&B in Maine. He’s enthusiastic about diving back into the food business. Next up is “Bill’s Beer Garden,” a combination beer garden and restaurant—with food supplied by the carts—which he hopes to open in the store’s parking lot/courtyard sometime this month.
“We’re waiting for the liquor license,” says Hodesh. “We’ll be open from five to eleven every night with the season running through October. I’ve been hanging out on this block since seventy-one—since the Fleetwood and Mister Flood’s—even before that. When I was a kid, some people [still] spoke German here. In a way, it’ll be like old times.”