Sweet Peach Deal Turns Sour as Eatery’s Future Up In The Air

In the reversal of what was called “a done deal,” the Sweet Peach Diner will not be changing ownership just yet. 

At an administrative action this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 30, the Belmont Board of Selectmen approved a “Common Victualler’s” license – which allows a business to operate – for the eatery located at 628 Trapelo Rd. 

But the license is not going to Dennis Dyer, the owner of New York Diner in Watertown as well as other retail and commercial businesses. Back in November, the Belmont Board of Selectmen approved the change of ownership of the Waverley Square diner to Dyer.

When asked the circumstances for the license returning to the past owner, Ellen Carter – who is no longer involved in the day-to-day operation of the restaurant – Town Administrator David Kale only said issuing the license will allow the business to stay open, inferring a sale to some other entity is being considered.

Known for its breakfasts and southern-inspired menu, the diner opened in 2012 in the building that once housed Andro’s Diner, a popular Greek eatery that failed that year after five decades in business. 

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Belmont’s Sweet Peach Diner Changes Hands

Dennis Dyer knows diners.

Dyer has owned the New York Diner on Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown Square for the past eight years, helping to approve what’s served and other aspects of the business.

And in the next few days, the Watertown resident will add Belmont’s Sweet Peach Diner to his inventory of investments.

On Monday, Nov. 3, the Belmont Board of Selectmen approved unanimously a change of ownership of the Trapelo Road eatery at its scheduled meeting at the Chenery Middle School.

“I heard it was for sale, I looked at it, [the current owner and I] agreed on the price and that’s basically it,” Dyer told the Belmontonian at an earlier visit to the Selectmen.

“I like it because it’s a new place, all the equipment is new and clean,” he said.

Dyer, who owns commercial and rental property in Watertown and Boston, is purchasing the two-year-old restaurant located at 628 Trapelo Rd. for cash for an undisclosed amount.

Dyer told the selectmen that he enjoys the diner’s current menu and has talked to the staff and has no plans to change either.

Known for its breakfasts and southern-inspired menu, the Sweet Peach, opened by Ellen Carter, was highlighted on “The Phantom Gourmet” in 2013. It replaced Andro’s Diner.