Friday, July 21, 2006


Several months ago I posted this.. Concerning my experience at the restaurant that took over when Toody's sold out. The response I got varied from the sublime to the raving rants of pubescent teenagers all lathered up with hormonal sweat of what "Hot and Sexy" Wakefield football player worked there. Like anyone besides local High School teenagers would or should care. I want good food. Period... End of discussion!

Yes it is true....TOODY'S is making a comeback in Wakefield. The old Daddy's Donuts in Wakefield, just before or after the Rail Road tracks (depending on your heading!) has a sign stating it is to become the FUTURE HOME of the reborn TOODY'S!! My prayers have been answered.. GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! Even better there will now be PARKING!!!!

This news is wonderful to say the least and lets loose a much deserved smack in the face to the people who bought out the original Toody's to begin with. And boy did they try hard to destroy what 50 plus years of good food and service created!

If anyone know when the official GRAND OPENING is going to be please let me know. I want to be one of the FIRST in line! I would also like to interview someone from Toody's on what it is like have a LANDMARK resturant rise from the ashes like a PHOENIX. I can taste the meatballs and sauce right now...... Please hurry and get the dors open!




Anonymous Anonymous said...

"lets loose a much deserved smack in the face to the people who bought out the original Toody's to begin with"

Like to smack someone in the face?
Stop by... Sounds good on a computer screen but can you hold up to your words face to face?

By The Way Cerebralwaste...
"Your sounding like a shill for the place."

July 26, 2006 11:17 PM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

O please spare me your diatribe. I don't know anyone from Toody's. What I do know is whoever bought them out RUINED it.

In fact I tried the new place again and it still left a bad taste in my mouth. So much so this SUNDAY I think I will call and ZING the place on the Resturaunt Show on WRKO AM 680. How is that for a SMACK in THE FACE?

Don't make threats you can't back up pal.

July 27, 2006 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toody's was never bought out!

All that was bought was a building!

Just trying to say get your facts strait before your make a comment, thats all!

No threats to be made here pal!

But if there were a threat... I allways back up what I say!

July 27, 2006 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Toody's was never bought out and no one claimed it was, yet the sign remained which does lead to implications of it being the same establishment. It was sad that we had to lose it, I am MORE than grateful for its return but it is not necessary to compare the two restaurants. They are two separate establishments, and let's face it...there is no comparison.

July 27, 2006 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The "Toodys" sign... at first was there in respect of what had been!

But over time it was very clear it had to go. But due to town laws and all that fun stuff it has remained!


Dettorre's and The new Toody's are too different establishments catering to much different customers!

Best of luck to both establishments!

July 28, 2006 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, that we have two establishments and I wish the both well. But I am very happy to see the return of Toody's. What I think would be the Most Respectful thing the owner of Dettorre's could offer... would be to return the Toody's sign to Richie Canto to be "proudly" hung on the new building. It would be like a memorial to "Toody"

PS. I want to make it clear that this is not the same "Anonymous" from the other recent posts on this blog.

July 31, 2006 11:42 AM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

Anon. Thanks for stopping by. You though concerning the sign would be nice. Hopefully Mr. Canto will agree to do an interview with this blog and one of the questions I will ask is why the sign remained. The sign can make one wonder just what is going on.

July 31, 2006 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have the opportunity to interview Mr. Canto, also see if you can include his wife and children. I know first hand that his youngest daughter has a "passion" for her Grandparents business and has high hopes and goals to expand the Toody's name...

aka, Spuckie

August 01, 2006 7:31 AM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

THANKS for stopping by and THANKS for the suggestion "Spuckie"!! I will ask the question should I get the chance!

August 01, 2006 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that Toody's will open this week...


August 21, 2006 7:10 AM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...


Thanks for stopping by!

I surely HOPE Toody's will open this week! I can't wait and plan to be one of the FIRST in LINE!


August 21, 2006 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in the old blog about Toody's but now I am in the new.
I was told it is opening Sunday (27 Aug).
I plan to be there. Actually, most of my family is coming from where they now live to get some Toody's on Sunday.

August 23, 2006 10:19 AM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

You can count me in on OPENING DAY as well!!! I will email Richie Canto and see what the target date for opening is and I will do a POST concering it.

Richie has also agreed to do an INTERVIEW with me concering TOODY's and the legend it has. Look for it to be up very soon!

Thanks for stopping by and don't be a stranger!


August 23, 2006 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richie Canto and his wife and children are wonderful people. Just wait to you see how the atmosphere of the reborn Toody's is... If he does as good as a job as they did in the Haverhill location, you will be pleasantly surprised and gratefull. The Haverhill restaurant had a lot of charm to it and the food was as good as I remember it was when "Old Man Toody" ran the place. The location simply was not right. Wakefield is HOME to Toody's and any expansion from there will be welcomed. The only one wish I have for Toody's is for them to go back to the Crusty Bread like they had years ago, when Frank's bakery next door used to make it for them.



August 24, 2006 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I rode by the Old Toody's location this am and noticed the Toody's sign has been removed and replaced with a new sign for the current establishment. I was hoping to see the Toody's sign on the old Daddy's Donuts building, but it was not.. (as of yet anyways) Still no sign to alert us to when they are opening.. :-(


September 12, 2006 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on opening day???

What ever info anyone may have would be great!


P.S. Hope to see you all soon at the new Toodys!
(GOD willing)

September 21, 2006 12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been eating at toody's since I was 12. Worked for our local family contruction business, nothing was better than taking the lunch order.......
I have driven for lunch there with co-workers and friends from bedford, lynn, billerica, nashua, lowell. No distance is too far.

I have frozen and fed-x a shell and meatball dinner to indiana. I have hand carried 1/2 dozen cheese steaks (WITH, or course) to portland oregon.

It may not be fancy but its hard to beat.

My Favorites:
#1) meatball
#2) steak "with"
#3) Italian

I once took a kis there after 1 month of talking about how great it was. I talked him all through the options, and how he might want to go about his first trip there....When i ever placed his order as "i'll have a small "regular" sub, I almost left him there.

I heard from someone that thet read end of september in the daily item.

This is ANON-peabody guy

September 22, 2006 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


October 11, 2006 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know somebody close to the owner of the Toody's --- it technically is "open-house" this weekend, but on October 23, yes it will reopened.

October 21, 2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

I just came back from the "Open House" at Toody's! I am STUFFED!

It was an awesome event. FOOD, Spirits and FUN!

Many thanks to the Canto family for inviting me! You can count on me being there on MONDAY for the GRAND OPENING!

October 21, 2006 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went today and it was PACKED and Phone ringing off the wall! I love how they made it look similiar to the orginal Toody's but with a a bit more modern flair to it. The pictures of Toody and his Wife on the Menu board are a real nice touch....


October 23, 2006 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, i went and tried the cheese steak (with) and a meatball. Steak was the same, but it needed more sauce.........The meatballs were great, but either a little too soft, or they broke them up too much in the roll....Still on the list is an italian w/everything and a shell and MB dinner (WOW $7.50 now !!!)

ANON-peabody guy

October 24, 2006 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't make any negative comments about the prices... They are still reasonable and as we all know the costs of EVERYTHING have gone up. That building cost him a Pretty Penny and it's going to take TON's of MeatBalls and Cutlets to make that business profitable.

October 24, 2006 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cheese steak only went up 0.50 cents, but the shell dinner w/mb went up 2 bucks.......A little too steep perhaps

October 26, 2006 6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toody's closed at 3PM on it's first day because they ran out of food. Closed at 6 the second day because they ran out of food. Sounds like everyone just couldn't wait to try the new Toody's again.

October 28, 2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

I myself felt the sting of Toody's closing yesterday because they ran out of food. It was very painfull to say the least!

October 28, 2006 4:12 PM  
Anonymous dreaming-of-better-days said...

I felt the pain of the new Toody's yesterday, again. I drive from billerica to go at lunch.

You would never know ritchie ever had a similar business before opening this store.

There was a line out the door, and only 1 register open. The other was simply idle as if no one to operate it.

The woman running the open register was barely faster than she was on opening monday, always being helped/distracted by the other lady helping to pull the food.

People were leaving the line and exiting the building !!

Finally, I got to the register nearly 15 minutes later, ordered a shell & meat ball dinner, and a cheese steak.

After 5 minutes I noticed a dinner on a tray, figured I would be up momentarily...well had to wait another 3-4 minutes before a nice lady called my number....Now it was slightly cooled off...and no cheese steak, she said that would be a few more minutes..5 later, it finally came.

nearly 25 minutes from when I arrive to getting food. ITS A LUNCH SPOT, and who has that kind of time to waste?

WOW they have issues that should not be there for a seasoned veteran like them !!

Lastly, the MB's are too small as you would need at least 3 to = the 2, and the 7.50 shell dinner price just is not worth it.

If someone knows ritchie, they should tell him to work the front like his old man did, its the only way to stay in touch.

Also, get people up front who understand the meaning of "pulling the line", or he is gonna lose his old customer base quickly.

November 03, 2006 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya got to keep in mind a few things... 1. Although Richie did own/operate another store in Haverhill, it was NEVER on the scale of volume of the original Toody's on it's slowest day. Richie's family/children that are now working in the new store, were not veterans of the original store, so with the acception of Richie who grew up with Toody's and was always in the back and not in the front line... is in a learning mode himself. Unfortunatly the new hires that had never worked at Toody's just may not be the right people and it's gonna take everyone a lot of trial and error to get it right again. I think we need to cut them some slack as this store settles down to normal volume... Let's face it, they are experiencing hugh customer volumes right now, which goes to show you HOW MUCH TOODY's WAS MISSED! Speaking of which... is ANYONE going to the "other" place now?


November 03, 2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

Me and my better half went to Toody's today for a mid afternoon "SNACK". The place was PACKED, yet from order to pick up of our food was less than 10 mins. A reasonable time I feel considering how busy the place was.

It is obvious Richie and the gang are still working on getting the "kinks" out and I have no doubt he will have the place running in tip top order very soon.

I plan on going back for lunch on Monday! Can't wait!

November 04, 2006 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I just returned from a Friday lunch experience at Toody's. It was just like old times... Food and service was as I remember and expected. Volume of the store was very busy and far more organized then it was on the first day they opened. I Had the opportunity to speak with Richie for a few and commended him on the new restaurant. He did his father PROUD! Now that I've been there twice I really had the sense I was "Home at Toody's" It really captures the look and feel of the orginal with a classy updated twist. Nice job!

PS. Good to see Richie's Aunt Margie still working after all these years. She is a "fixture" of Toody's in her own right!


November 10, 2006 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the experience to visit "Toody's" on Saturday 11/4 at about 1:00. I finally got a parking spot and then endured the 20 minute wait in line. I then realized just how ignorant the workers at "Toody's" really are. After my nice wait in line, I ordered my food only to find out that they were out of eggplant, the one thing I was bringing home for my wife. I said "out of egplant at 1:00...maybe you should put up a sign" and left with nothing.

Friday 11/10: My pregnant wife wants Toody's. So as I'm leaving Danvers I tell her to call and order. I call back in 5 minutes and she tells me the line was busy, I tell her keep trying. 5 more minutes...still busy.....5 more...still busy, by now I'm finally parked at Toody's. I wait again in line for 15 minutes and finally place my order. No pork cutlets she says...I step out of line and call home...get me a large eggplant I get back in line and try to do it again...sorry no sub rolls and no eggplant. "You have to be kidding me" HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A GOD DAMN HANDWRITTEN SIGN" To make matters worse I now jump on 95 to head home to New Hampshire to see a parking lot. By the time I make it to Danvers it is almost an hour and a half since I left work and still no food.

Toody's management should go back to the customer service class they obviously missed. I wouldn't eat Toodys again if it was free. I'm just curious why the phone was busy for so long (ordering more rolls? eggplant ? or calling the bank to see how much the take was for the week), why they can't take 2 seconds to put up a sign when they run out of something......IGNORANT....Whats next no sauce....this is like McDonald's running out of hamburgers.

Oh by the way, for those of you that end up empty at Toody's....I found a great place with great food just down on Lowell St. Sub Stop...they have food and good service...worth a try

November 17, 2006 3:48 PM  
Anonymous G-diamond said...

Seems like not much has changed from Day-1. Too bad, I guess it was too much to expect...the new would be half as good as the old...

November 20, 2006 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to Anthony's in Stoneham Square... Young Anthony will be taking over the store in a week or so, he has plans to "take it to the next level" - can't wait!!!

December 24, 2006 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i work at toodys and the foods great and all but dont be dissing dettorres, it also has great food if not better than toodys.

June 20, 2007 12:43 PM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

Anon of June 20th

This is my blog and I will "diss" who I want, when I want and how I want. Period. It is rather arrogant of you to try and tell me how I should write things on MY BLOG. If you want to sing the praises of Dettorres open yourself a blogger account and have at it. No one is stopping you. You should PROBABLY do it anonymously as well. After all you cliam to work for Toody's. I am sure Richie will get kick out of it. If you need help opening a blogger account I will be happy to help you.

I suggest you read all the Toody's post I have written and then perhpas you can begin to grasp from where I am coming from concerning that SHITHOLE resteraunt named Dettorres in Wakefield.

They are some of the ruddest people I have ever encountered and the food is slightly better than LOW GRADE DOG FOOD. Poor service and poor food equals one SHITHOLE in my book. Heck the only thing missing from the places are roaches.

June 20, 2007 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cerebralwaste I was just wondering were you posted that "CerebralWaste Interview Hot Seat" with the owner of Toody's? I would love to check it out.

Thanks, DNFC

August 29, 2007 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey C.aptain W.ussy how come you havent emailed me yet? it is again patrick31274@yahoo, or the better one to reach me at is we can talk about how you keep nocking me off your sites when describe toody's as a GOOD place when you know its a shit hole in a MAJOR way dont be a wussy any more

October 03, 2008 4:34 PM  

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