Bob’s Famous Foodmart and Discount Liquors has its origins back to 1955, when Bob DiMatteo started the store with his parents, Dominic and Mary DiMatteo. It was the day after Mother’s Day and Bob claimed he gave his mother a “Mother’s Day present she would never forget”. Bob’s Famous Foodmart remains a family enterprise. Bob’s son, Ron DiMatteo, is now the co-owner along with George Mather, Jr. Bob’s wife, Joan DiMatteo , still runs the gift card section of the store. With social media growing beyond belief, the greeting card section has been reduced, giving “Joanie” some well-deserved time off. Her time at Bob’s Famous Foodmart is better spent as a marketing consultant, historical advisor, public relations, and overall quality control.
The combination of the 'Gansett flagship lager and Del's lemonade flavors
The anticipation has been building, and the wait is over. The Narragansett Del's Shandy -- a combination of the 'Gansett flagship lager and Del's lemonade flavors -- was kegged and canned last night, and is on the road being delivered to distributors. It may be available for sale at some liquor stores and bars as early as Monday in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. "It will get into different stores throughout next week," says Narragansett Brewing Company president Mark Hellendrung. "By next Friday, it should be pretty much everywhere, hopefully."
Hellendrung says they are about two weeks behind the initial launch date, but there's a reason for it. "To be honest, we anticipated making a certain amount and then the orders started piling up so we delayed our production so we could make more," he says. "There's a lot of anticipation and I'm glad it's finally here."