Cityside adds class to convenience
Markets offers made-to-order food but not that extra hour
By Susan Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org
Cityside Marketplace has soft light, not harsh convenience store lights, and it smells good inside.
The good food smells come from the open kitchen that serves up pizza, subs and other dishes made to order.
Cityside is located in the garage bays of a former service station; the interior was completely gutted and redone by new owner Tony Fiorino a year ago. Today Cityside Marketplace is adjacent to a Mobil station, but it is much more than soda, newspapers, lottery tickets and a place to pay for your gas.
”We do not put anything in the windows. We try to keep the store as clean and fresh as possible. We really are one big step up from a convenience store; we are a marketplace,” said manager Terry Roy.
By all accounts, Fiorino took a run-down eyesore of a space and turned it into a family- friendly business in this residential section of Boynton Street near the Manchester line.
The store is open until 9 p.m. seven days a week. In March Fiorino petitioned the planning board to extend his hours until 10 p.m.; he was refused, and was told to come back in six months.
In September, Fiorino and Roy went to the planning board again, this time armed with a neighborhood petition with approximately 400 signatures supporting the later closing, and again the planning board turned them down.
The minutes of the meeting cite a sole abutter’s opposition to Cityside Marketplace staying open an hour later as the reason. The abutter had concerns regarding lighting and kids that might be drawn to the business at the later hour.
Fiorino needs to wait one year before he can approach the planning board again. Both he and Roy declined to discuss the board’s ruling, saying only that other convenience-type stores in Bedford stay open past 10 p.m.
Cityside Marketplace is unique. There are four refrigerators of microbrew beers, plus an extensive selection of seasonal beers. Cityside stocks ten types of hummus, Van Otis fudge and other more out-of-the-ordinary food products. It also has a humidor of cigars and a decent selection of wine, not to mention fresh cut flowers, including gorgeous long-stem roses. There is a big Stonewall Kitchen display—look for a daily sampling of different jams and spreads from this Maine-based company along with items from Nutfield Candles, a Londonderry company.
”We try to support local businesses and carry local goods,” Roy said.
Also locally made is the dough used for the pizza. Cityside gets fresh dough daily from a Manchester baker and you can taste the difference between their crust and the premade frozen variety.
The kitchen’s menu is small but covers a good selection of foods, from pizza to subs to fried foods such as mac & cheese bites and onion rings.
Fiorino says he monitors prices to stay on par with grocery stores, not other quick-stop places.
Fiorino is becoming a distributor for Home Bistro, a line of prepared meals that you simply boil in a bag, no microwave needed. Look for dishes such as brisket barbecue, pot roast, bison chili and beef stroganoff