After 40 years in business — 31 of those on Pearl Street — Dough Boy's Bakery & Coffee Shop will be closing at the end of July. A handwritten sign in the window proclaims the sad news: "Doughboy's is Retiring."
Owner Rod Boutin says that his landlord, Hinsdale Properties, will not renew his lease, and after all these years, he's not interested in moving. "I'm ready to call it quits," says Boutin, 76, during a phone interview this morning. "I've worked seven nights a week since 1969."
That year, Dough Boy's started in the K-Mart Plaza on Shelburne Road; it moved to 85-87 Pearl Street in 1978. Boutin expressed some regret that he had never purchased his building. "I've probably paid enough rent to buy this corner."
Boutin and his wife, who worked with him until four years ago, are both ready for a change of pace. "She's had her fill of it," he says. The business is for sale, though if Boutin doesn't find a buyer, some of the equipment will hit the auction block.
A phone call to Hinsdale was unanswered as of this morning.
Update, 3 p.m.:
Hinsdale Properties property manager Rebecca Lamire responds:
"We felt it was time to end their lease. They’ve been there since 1979 and pretty much under the same lease.We have kept their rent so low for so long to help them stay afloat," wrote Rebecca Lamire, Hinsdale's property manager, in a statement. "We always thought they would leave on their own. Obviously, costs have increased since then and we could not afford to continue to carry that. But, they are very dedicated workers. They’ve been a great tenant and addition to Burlington and we wish them the best."