balderose 092113A sign on the front door announces an “intention to re-open October 1,” but that’s not going to happen, says founder Tony Balderose.  (Click to enlarge)


The fate of a food market that lasted just three months at Fair Haven’s most prominent intersection remains “up in the air” while a battle for ownership control plays out, one of the principals tells redbankgreen.

Balderose Fine Foods, which opened in mid-May, has been closed since mid-August because of the dispute, said founder and chef Tony Balderose, of Shrewsbury.

“We are undergoing a financial re-organization,” says a note taped to the front door of the store, at River Road and Fair Haven Road. “It is our intention to re-open October 1, 2013.”

That’s not going to happen, Balderose said Monday.

“It’s a struggle right now,” he said. “We’re at odds, me and my partners.”

At the store’s May opening, Balderose identified his partners as Shrewsbury neighbors Bill and Kathy Dodge and Marc and Laura Feaster.

Balderose said he hoped the fate of the store would begin to be clarified in the next few days.

“We’re vying for control of it,” he said. “It’s either going to be me and somebody else, or them.”