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New Owners of Landmark Cafe Excited to Be On Main Street

The husband and wife pair of Jim Deere and Elaine Hadge took over the business last week.

Regulars at the on Main Street might not notice the difference, but the popular local breakfast, lunch and coffee spot recently changed ownership when Elaine Hadge and her husband Jim Deere bought the establishment last week. 

But regulars needn't worry much about losing their favorite breakfast or lunch hangout or notice much difference in their favorite brew, because the couple said they don't have too many plans to drastically change the place any time soon. 

"As of right now, we're leaving the breakfast and lunch menu just the way it is," said Elaine Hadge. "The help stays the same. Everybody was afraid we were going to come in here and change everything." 

Deere and Hadge are both Manchester natives - they said they met as students at Manchester High School in the mid-1970s - and both have experience in the service industry. Deere is a longtime bartender, while Hadge has managed several restaurants, including most recently a little further down Main Street for the past several years.

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The pair said they were looking for their own restaurant opportunity in town for the last few years, but passed on buying several existing restaurants in town because of the location. They wanted to be on Main Street, and were even considering renting out one of the vacant store fronts on the street and converting it into a restaurant when they heard that former Landmark Cafe owner Joanne Albani was looking to sell the place after running it for the last seven years. 

"We have a passion for Main Street. We've grown up in Manchester all our lives," said Deere. "We had been looking for the last two years for a place on Main Street. We really wanted it on Main Street, because we believe Main Street is an up and coming place." 

Although they only took over the business last Monday, already the couple say that their local connections have led to some very, very busy shifts for the staff thus far. They say they also plan to expand the menu to include dinner in the fall, and as another way for them to take advantage of what they feel is an ideal location on Main Street just as the area is beginning to become revitalized. 

"We've been in Manchester all our lives, so a lot of our friends are starting to come down here now," said Deere. "We've always wanted to be on Main Street. We just love Main Street and we love Manchester." 

Greg June 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Another dinner spot in Manchester that is not at the Mall thank you.
Nancy Quinn June 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Congratulations! It's people like you two that help keep Main Street alive. Thank you!
Nutmegger June 13, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Thank you for supporting downtown!
lois chapman June 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM
congrats Elaine...look forward to seeing you there!
Lea Ann Fortin-McCue June 14, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Awesome!! Congrats, and "welcome" to Main Street!
Joyce Kearns June 15, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Welcome to Main St. Elaine & Jim. Thanks for keeping the lunch menu the same and for keeping the employees.
Joyce Hodgson June 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
So excited for you, and even more that we were able to be part of your opening week! Looking forward to working with you again, either as the Arts Commission, or Little Theatre of Manchester! Best wishes! Joyce
Barnaby Jones June 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Glad new owners are in, and hopefully the mix-match decor will be done with, because it looks cheap and tacky, like someone when on a shopping spree at a flea market and moved it all into this establishment.
Pam Petersen June 17, 2012 at 02:37 PM
LOVE the "quirkiness" of the decor, akin to popping to an old friend's house for coffee and just grabbing any available mug....no need to be matching. Jeffrey is THE BEST server by far, makes it a joy to stop in!
Christine Tyler Raymond June 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Congratulations Elaine! I will be sure to visit next time I get home!

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