Pieces of history from Holyoke’s Yankee Pedlar put up for auction

Many in attendance had fond memories of iconic restaurant

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It has been 70 years since the Yankee Pedlar began burnishing its reputation as a place for dinner and large social gatherings in Holyoke. The landmark at the corner of Northampton and Beech Streets will soon be the site of a PeoplesBank financial complex.

Wednesday was an opportunity for one final look, and perhaps a chance to acquire a piece of Yankee Pedlar history. Many, like Debbie Thomas of Holyoke, had their wedding reception there.

“Memories, I did want to see it, the place one more time. We had a wonderful wedding reception there. The Opera House meant a lot to my husband. He’s an opera buff, and he wanted to have the reception here, and it was just beautiful,” Thomas said.

Steve of Somers, Connecticut wanted to bid on a clock; a memento of the years the Yankee Pedlar affected his life, beginning when he was 15 years old.

“Absolutely, a lot of memories here. I started working here in 1975 busing tables. One of my first jobs, I was a parking lot attendant. Still come back for a lot of events,” he said.

Steve took his family to dinner at the Pedlar one more time before this landmark shut its doors six months ago. On Wednesday, he got one final look, and bid to take home a reminder of the Yankee Pedlar’s history.