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."