had a sandwich over 85 years in the making?
And what goes into a little masterpiece like that?
This . . .
1902. Alfonso Benedetti, seventeen year-old native of Abruzzi, Italy, lands in New York via Ellis Island. Working his way across America through a variety of colourful jobs, he winds up - over the course of ten years - in Vancouver, British Columbia. Living in boarding houses and searching for work, he and a partner decide to plunge into business for themselves. An Ice Cream parlour. Cigars. Chocolate. Parlour treats.
8 o'clock in the morning to midnight. Seven days a week.
Alfonso, now affectionately referred to as "Benny" by the locals,
buys out his partner and inaugurates Benny's Market. A shrewd move - and the
beginning of more than 85 years of relations with the neighborhood and its
It had become a place for fun, relaxation . . . and even romance. Bennys was the place for newlyweds to catch a few moments alone over an ice cream sundae while the innocent melodies of the times poured out of a transistor radio.
Enter the son, Ramon Benedetti. Full of ideas, he injects new life into the
establishment - including local deliveries, local relationships and trust.
Importing and distributing goods from Spain, Portugal, Italy. Seasonal and
regional specialties that make Benny's both local and unique. He also starts
the all-important Wholesale Food Distribution business serving hotels, restaurants
and a score of local businesses.