What Happened to Ann's Lunch?

A Patch reader recently asked us about Ann's Lunch on High Street.

A Westwood Patch reader posted a question recently asking about an old building on High Street that once housed a Westwood staple: Ann's Lunch. 

"What happened to Ann's Lunch?" Patch reader, john spellman said. 

Well John, the last we heard was the building housing Ann's Lunch will be transformed and in its place will stand BiBi's Cafe.

BiBi's will include 16 seats on the first floor, according to Westwood Town Planner Nora Loughnane. The second floor will house a bakery to produce fresh breads and baked goods for the restaurant, but will not be used to sell directly to the public. There will also not be a retail take-out counter, Loughnane said.

The new establishment will offer a selection of goods including soups, salads and sandwiches. 

A seven-car parking will accompany the construction of BiBi's Cafe. For more details, . 

Bob Davidson February 07, 2013 at 02:19 PM
The owners of the Building screwed over hard working Ralph. Ralph worked his butt off and now his famous Homefries will never be tasted again. They kept attempting to raise his rent, and he had constant uncertainty. That is what happened to Ann's Lunch in reality.
Erin February 07, 2013 at 06:44 PM
There are two sides to every story! I know from firsthand experience that the new owners are some of the kindest, most honest, and hardworking people I've ever met!
WW Resident February 07, 2013 at 08:23 PM
This isn't a news article from Patch. It's a copy and paste job of old Patch coverage from months ago. The owners even followed up at that time via comments to correct the original article that there would be take-out option to buy their baked goods on the run.
WW Resident 2 February 08, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Ralph SOLD his rat trap business to new owners. The new owners waited patiently for Ralph to honor his promise to retire and vacate. The owners never pressured him over the 7 years they waited. The owners took losses waiting for him to keep his word. Ralph, and the Westwood town cronies screwed over the hardworking, tax paying, honest owners. That rats nest NEVER should have been allowed to stay open. What public health officer said that place was safe clean? Mean while the town of Westwood has made life a living heck for the new entrepreneurs trying to add something nice to our center for a change. The mere fact that refused to allow carry out bakery sales is a clue that they seem to punish developers in this town unless they are friends. There should be an investigation by the state into this mess.
Ed February 08, 2013 at 01:35 AM
I will miss sitting there, smiling behind my coffee mug, listening to Ralph grouse about his diabetes and his black necrotic toes, while whipping up omlettes on that greasy skittle. Watching my daughter nearly barf out her pancakes is one of my fondest breakfast memories. One which I will always treasure.
Colleen February 08, 2013 at 02:18 AM
I can't wait for Bibi's Cafe to open! We need new small businesses in Westwood and a new cafe is a great place to start. Bravo to the owners for hanging in there...I'll be there opening day!
seliot February 12, 2013 at 07:14 PM
What an absolute absurdity! No take-out of baked goods? Anyone remember we use to have a bakery where Mobile is? Wasn't a problem with take-out there. Hmmm, anything to do with Dunkin Donuts being across the street? Some Official (s) must be good friends with the owners of all the DDs in Town. Once again, the Town, after multiple excruciatingly long deliberations and scrutiny of the project through way too many meetings has set-up another business for failure! Success! It's amazing what the Town Officials will do to keep all the "rat-hole" strip malls from changing. It's truly a mess along the whole stretch coming into and leaving Town. Can't go anywhere in Town to enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, etc. with a fresh baked good that isn't pre-processed and shipped frozen (Starbucks). Hey, how about another Real Estate Office? It's starting to look like a bunch of pawn shops 'littering' downtown. But maybe, that's part of the Master Plan! Maybe the new owners should abandon that location and move into where Westwood Convenience Store recently abandoned. It's really looking good downtown now. Feel free to pipe-in and explain your decision on this one. Let's have them put all their energy into University Ave/Station, AGAIN! While our hamstrung Officials let any proposed Downtown business be hogtied until failure. Pathetic.
kevin February 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM
At least we have a nice high school?
WW Resident February 13, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Seliot, I think the article might be incorrect. I don't think the editor did any research on this article posted Feb 7th (but instead copied an old Patch article on Bibi's Cafe). It had previously been noted there would be no take-out baked goods available for purchase, but I thought someone made a correction that customers would be able to make purchases on the go. I agree with your observation about the real estate businesses taking over all the vacant office/retail space in town, however these businesses (and their employees, many who are local residents) contribute to the town in many ways (food drives, sponsporships to local events and sport teams, etc.). I think significant capital investments need to be put into the strip malls (where Convenient once was, the Post office area, the building to the right of Chiara, and the Dunkin Donuts Plaza across from Anne's) in order to attract business to the area... I hope the town pursues ideas to encourage private capital spending for renovation/improvements of these areas for long term benefits (diversified tax base and new restaurants, retail, office business).
GH April 11, 2013 at 01:44 AM
There are no harder working, nicer, friendlier people than the Ghera family. Hardly a longtime Westwood resident exists that hasn't been served with courteous regard by Ralph, his wife Jeanne, his aunts Theresa and Madeline or his grandmother and founder of the Legendary Ann's Lunch...Ann herself. Thanks for the memories...many will miss you.
GH April 11, 2013 at 01:49 AM
WW...your anger betrays you and exposes you for what you are... folks, there are three sides to every story...the third being the TRUTH. I doubt very much that you know that side. You need not impose your sharp tongued criticism on Ralph or his legacy. Those that matter and know him will never be swayed by your slander.
GH April 11, 2013 at 01:51 AM
I agree with you Bob. The truth of the matter is elequently stated in your comment.
GH April 11, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Your comment is well stated but nonetheless a fabrication in your own mind. Did you ever hear of Zoning laws? The fact of the matter is that this new business had a hard time with approvals due to their own failure to plan by the rules. This new venture will crash and burn on its own, not due to any so called "conspiracy" by the towns duely elected representatives. Just watch... time will tell...


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