Tony Lena comes out of retirement to re-open Boston Street sub shop
City Councilor Rick Ford, a close friend of Lena’s, owns the Little River Inn breakfast place across the street. “The whole neighborhood’s excited,” said Ford. “People like Tony because he’s more personable. Plus he makes a great sandwich — it’s the way he cuts the bread.”
Lena said, “When I saw people after I was gone, they were (upset I left). People are going to be happy we’re back, and I’m happy they’re happy. It’s a win-win.”
Manager Janet Drak said the anticipation of the opening had hungry customers walking in asking when they would be cooking again.
“I have seen a lot of people I don’t even know coming off the street,” she said.
Aside from some remodeling, Lena promises everything will be exactly as it used to be, from the way the shop makes the “specialty” Italian sub to the punch cards that allow for a free large cheese pizza or regular-sized sandwich after 12 punches.
“Everything’s the same way we’ve been doing it since 1985,” said Lena.
Though one thing, he said, is different: “I’m approaching it as a fun project instead of a business,” he said. Rather than “the fight for every dollar,” Lena is feeling stress-free behind the counter, and said he will not be retiring anymore.
“I’ll be open forever now,” he said. “This can be a retirement for me now.”
One other thing that Lena has changed is the hours. “No late nights,” he said. The shop will be open Sunday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Ford said he was excited about the community benefit of Lena’s re-opening. “He’s real community-oriented. I think that ties into it.”
For more information about the re-opening of Tony Lena’s, visit the shop or call ahead to place your order at 781-581-3435.
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