CHELMSFORD – For more than 60 years, it was a community gathering spot, a place to eat, drink and be merry.
Today it is a place about which to reminisce.
The Glenview Pub and Grill, which opened in 1956, is being demolished. A chain link fence surrounds the popular landmark. On Monday, in sweltering conditions, an employee of Danley Demolition of Fremont, N.H., operated an excavator, knocking down the front of the building and scooping debris into a truck.
Many cars sped by. A few stopped. Local residents, unfazed by 92-degree heat, snapped pictures of the demolition scene through the chain link fence, taking a scorching walk down memory lane.
The Chelmsford Planning Board approved the 10-unit condominium development by Page and Trahan Companies at 248 Princeton St. at its March 24 meeting, according to Chelmsford Town Manager Paul Cohen.
The project has obtained regulatory approvals and was issued a demolition permit.
A spokesperson for Danley Demolition said the demolition, which began Monday, should be completed by Friday.
For years, the Glenview was one of the busiest restaurants in the Merrimack Valley. Patrons knew they were going to have to wait for a table, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Whether ordering a giant plate of nachos, playing a couple of games of Keno or drinking an adult beverage or two at the bar, patrons made the Glenview a beehive of activity.
Former patrons took to social media to bemoan the demolition of a place that meant so much to so many for so long.
The Glenview offered one of the largest menus in the region. Located less than a mile from the Lowell line, the Glenview drew customers from across Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.
Mike Lenzi, the owner of Lenzi’s and Lenzi’s Catering of Dracut, purchased the Glenview in 2019 after the previous owners fell into tax trouble.
Lenzi intended to make major renovations and rename the restaurant Lenzi’s Glenview. Then the pandemic hit and his plans were upended.
During a previous interview with The Sun, Lenzi said he and his family were excited about opening Lenzi’s Glenview. The pandemic, however, has “taken the wind out of our sail.”
Page and Trahan Companies, based in Tyngsboro, is owned by Dennis Page and David Trahan, the husband of U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan.