Something has happened to cause almost all of the Wendy's Restaurants in the Pioneer Valley to close! While the reason is unclear at the moment, all of them are owned by some dude in Ohio who has appeared on the deadbeat tax lists for years. In any case, among them is this Wendy's on King Street in Northampton.
The only clue to the cause of its sudden closing is this sign on the door.
Back in the 1970's me and my buddy Mike Stedman, who had recently moved out of Pine Point to Easthampton, used to hitchhike into Northampton to go to Lizottes Smoke Shop, which at the time had the best rolling paper selection in the Valley. Afterwards we used to go to that very Wendy's, which I suspect may have been the first in the region. Beforehand we always slipped behind the power station which is still located next door in order to, ahem, test the papers we'd purchased at Lizotte's.
Our testing would bring on an attack of the munchies, for which the next door Wendy's was a welcome cure. Now that it has suddenly closed, I feel sorry for the kids who were working there for the summer and whom the newspaper said were having a hard time getting their paychecks. Looks like they got the shaft.
Finally, some of you have been complaining that I haven't been producing any new local videos in a while. To start making amends, here's one I made yesterday by just whipping out my camera while taking a shortcut through downtown Amherst.