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Meet Stuart Bloomstein of Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe in Wayland

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stuart Bloomstein.

Mel’s opened in 1958 in this same location, It was opened by Mel Bloomstein. It opened as a Donut and Coffee shop. Over the years it has grown into an upscale family style breakfast and lunch restaurant. In the beginning, Coffee was a nickel and donuts were a dime. In the early years, the menu only included Donuts and Coffee. One day a regular customer came in and said “Hey Mel how about putting some breakfast items on the menu, like eggs” Mel replied “I don’t know how to cook eggs” so the customer brought in a dozen eggs a showed Mel how to cook them.

Mel realized that it was much easier to cook a dozen eggs than a dozen Donuts and they were more profitable. So breakfast was born. Lunch also came in the same way. A customer said hey Mel, you got bread and bacon, how about a BLT sandwich. Mel replied with “what’s a BLT?”. So you get the story. The Restaurant evolved by listening to the customers and giving them what they asked for.

Today Mel’s two sons Paul and Stuart, who grew up in the business, are continuing the operation and are always on site working hand in hand with the employees and interacting with the customers on a daily basis. It’s a rare novelty today to go into a restaurant and be greeted and waited on by the owners. Stu and Paul take great pride in the efforts that their father put forward in building the business and continue to carry on his same philosophies going forward.

Mel is now 78 years old, and with his wife Wendy, resides in Delray Beach Fla spending most of his days chasing golf balls.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Mel’s has always been a steadily growing business, we have been lucky over the years to be somewhat economy proof. Breakfast and lunch is always going to be something that our customers will treat themselves too, even in time of economical hardships. I would have to say the only struggles along the way have been keeping up with the increased costs of doing business and staying up with the new regulation and technology. Long gone are the days when we would come in and focus on the cooking and serving the food, Today we spend many hours and resources on the day to day tasks of running a good compliant business.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are well known for having an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. Our breakfast includes a wide variety of eggs, pancakes, French toast, omelets, and eggs Benedict’s. Our lunch menu consists of freshly made sandwiches, homemade soups and chowder, and signature salads. Our salads and eggs benedicts are our two most popular items. The eggs benedicts are served on a large sweet Portuguese muffin.

One of our most popular salads is called a “Mailman Salad” It got its name from Tom the Mailman. He would come in daily and walk through the kitchen to pick up his own special salad. When he would walk out into the dining room with his salad the customers would look over and say “I want one of those salads like the Mailman is eating”, so into to the kitchen, the servers would shout we need another Mailman salad. So the salad became a staple on our menu, again it comes from giving the customers what they were asking for.

What were you like growing up?
Mel was a great Natick high school athlete growing up. He held the record for the Baystate record for the 100-yard dash and shot put record for many years. Before retiring, Mel coached the Wayland High School students in track and field. Mel spent a few years in the Army reserve. Mel has always been an avid golfer.

Mel has always had a great sense for business. He has a knack for looking at ideas from a different prospective then most. He is able to back into opportunities and know whether they would be profitable or not. Mel was always looking at different business ventures and opened a video store in the 1980’s and also bought and sold real estate. When active in the business Mel was always looked up to as a father figure by his employees. Today more than half the employees that are still working at Mel’s have been there for 30 years. Mel is very well respected by the employees, customers and the community

Contact Info:

  • Address: 310 Commonwealth Rd
  • Website: www.melscommonwealthcafe.com
  • Phone: 5086537777
  • Email: melandernies@comcast.net
  • Facebook: Mels Commonwealth Cafe

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