Closing of Yankee Pedlar saddens members of St. Patrick’s Parade Committee

Restaurant and banquet hall set to shut down in mid-December


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Patrons of the Yankee Pedlar have a little more than a week to visit the restaurant for the final time.

According to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, after 21 years of ownership, the Clayton family will close the Yankee Pedlar restaurant on December 17th. The post said the family would love for someone to buy the Yankee Pedlar to “keep this wonderful Holyoke tradition going.”

Frank Wotton III of Holyoke told 22News how he felt when he heard the news. He said, “I was pretty sad. I’m a Holyoke native. I use to come to the carriage house when it was a candy store back in the early 60’s with my family. We’ve had several functions here. One of my daughters got married here so, you know, kind of sad.”

The closing notice of Holyoke’s Yankee Pedlar Restaurant is of concern to the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee.

Along with the restaurant on Route 5 in Holyoke, the adjoining Opera House is also due to close in the middle of the month. For many years, the Opera House has played an important role in St. Patrick’s Parade activities.

“You know, we have the Ambassador’s Award breakfast there, we have a VIP set up during the parade. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I just learned about it this morning on 22News,” said Attorney Peter Brady, a member of the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee.

Since the St. Patrick’s Parade doesn’t step off until March 19, Brady said the committee has time to consider possible options if the Opera House is not available in 2017.

The restaurant’s Facebook page invited patrons to stop by in the coming days and reminisce as the Yankee Pedlar prepares to close.