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Rancatore's moving

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Just found out that Rancatore's is moving to Belmont Center April 8. Last day in it's old location is March 20. Sorry to see it move out of the neighborhood.

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    1. Sad about this too. It's the first I've heard of it. But at least they're staying...and staying open...in Belmont!

      1. well, if Joe can afford the rents in Belmont Center, I hope that means that he's doing well, so more power to him.Nice guy.

        1. Oh wow, this is a huge blow! I was just saying to my daughter last night . . . "pretty soon it'll be great out and we can walk to Ranc's after dinner again!" Seriously, I think my husband will wear black today after I tell him this . . . one of the highlights of our 'hood. But happy for Belmont Center, b/c 1) it's generally a wasteland of banks and 2) I cannot stand TCBY and 3) more foot traffic for Ranc's.


          1. Sorry for you guys ... but yay for me! Finally a worthy sweet treat in the center.

            1. Wow. Belmont Center has gone from having 3 ice cream stores in the 80s (Bailey's, Brigham's, Baskin-Robbins), to only a TCBY (ugh). Good to see motion back in the right direction. Ranc's is a fair bit better than any of its predecessors, though Bailey's was very good. (History lesson over.)

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              1. re: jajjguy

                I believe that Chocolate Dream (across from TCBY) has (real) ice cream - may just be chocolate, though. Anyone know where in Belmont center Rancatores is moving?

                1. re: tdaaa

                  It's moving to where Elite bebe used to be. Next to the Cambridge Savings Bank. Across from the Sovereign Bank and Down the street from the Bank of America...

                  1. re: heypielady

                    I was kinda hoping that a bank or pharmacy chain would go into that spot - we are sadly lacking those services in Belmont Center. Maybe we'll get one in the Barnes and Noble space.

                      1. re: bear

                        or a women's boutique with overpriced cheaply made clothes.

              2. Damn it! We just bought a house around the corner from the present location.

                1. Thanks to Rancatore's for putting their money where their mouth is by investing in the greatly under-appreciated Belmont Center. Undoubtedly, your delicious creamy confections and enthusiasm will be well received after years of Belmont Center being with out a decent ice cream joint! Go Joe go!

                  1. Just had a perfect scoop of coffee ice cream at the just opened Rancatore's. When I say perfect, I mean perfect... not too sweet, just voluptuous enough and a great bitter edge from the coffee.

                    So it was a little early in the day for ice cream. It's noon somewhere, right? Who's ready for a nap?

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                    1. re: heypielady

                      I second that emotion. Can't wait to check out the new location!

                      1. re: allgimbel

                        So, wait.....There's no Ranc's in Lexington center anymore [sob]?
                        Oh, wait again.. they've moved their Belmont location into the center, they're not leaving Lexington... Thank [insert deity here].

                    2. FYI they have moved and are open for business. I don't like ice cream (I know, I know) but my wife and kids have been and said it is as good as ever.

                      1. I looked at the building permit in the old Ranc's location today -- the bridal shop next door is expanding into that space. I was really hoping for a replacement ice cream shop! But alas, it is not to be.

                        1. BTW, ice cream jones drove me out to Belmont the other day -
                          Had a scoop of zagnut (!) that was just awesome. I always thought it was just a made-up candy bar from Beetlejuice.

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                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                            Oh my god the Zagnut is worth going out of your way for! Based on what that candy bar is, I didn't I'd go so crazy for it. Definitely the winning flavor for the summer.