The Town of Braintree is a suburban city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Although officially known as a town, Braintree adopted a municipal charter, effective 2008, with a mayor-council form of government and is considered a city under Massachusetts law. The population was 35,744 at the 2010 census. The town is part of the Greater Boston area with access to the MBTA Red Line and is a member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission’s South Shore Coalition. The first and current mayor of Braintree is Joe Sullivan.
Braintree is home to several large companies, including: Greater Media, Haemonetics, and TopSource LLC.
From 1964 to 1991 Braintree was the home of a Valle’s Steak House restaurant. The chain was an East Coast landmark that stretched from Maine to Florida. The 30,000 square foot Braintree restaurant was the largest in the chain when it opened and featured a dining room that sat 600 customers, banquet rooms that accommodated 1,000; parking for 700 cars, and two kitchens, one of which was used exclusively for banquets. The restaurant had over 150 employees. Max Bodner of Quincy was the original manager. One of the chain’s busiest locations, it was capable of serving over 5,000 customers per day. The restaurant changed names several times after the Valle’s corporation closed in 1991 and was eventually razed to make way for a Toyota dealership. Among the notable moments in the restaurant’s history was in 1980 when then presidential candidate Ronald Reagan made a campaign speech at a South Shore Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
There are three high schools in Braintree: Braintree High School, a public school; Thayer Academy, a private school; and Archbishop Williams, a Roman Catholic private school.
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