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Stone Arch Bakery’s Lebanon, Claremont Sites Are Closed

  • Todd Bersaglieri, owner of Stone Arch Bakery in Claremont, N.H., on July 30, 2012. (Valley News - Ryan Dorgan) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Business Writer
Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Lebanon and Claremont locations of Stone Arch Bakery have closed after the state denied the renewal of the cafe-bakery’s meals and rooms tax license.

The New Hampshire Department of Revenue denied the renewal of Stone Arch’s license on Aug. 22, according to Shaun Thomas, a field audit leader on the department’s revenue administration staff. Thomas said he couldn’t disclose the reasons for the denial because the proceeding is confidential.

“I can’t say anything beyond their license has been denied,” Thomas said in a telephone interview.

Todd Bersaglieri, owner of Stone Arch Bakery, did not respond to messages seeking comment.

The state imposes a 9 percent meals and rooms tax for transactions at restaurants and hotels, which is collected by the operator and passed on to the state. The tax is due on the 15th day of each month.

According to New Hampshire statutes, a license renewal may be denied “if the operator owes unpaid taxes, interest, or penalties from any tax administered by the department.”

Within the past couple of weeks signs were posted on the door of both Stone Arch locations that announced, “we are closed today and potentially for a while longer as we try to overcome the effects of a period of slow business. We have always valued your patronage and will try to return things to normal as soon as possible. Thank you.”

Hanover book publisher Chip Fleischer, who a couple of years ago acquired the Hanover Street Plaza property where the Lebanon Stone Arch Bakery is located, said he has not yet spoken with Bersaglieri and does know when or if the restaurant will reopen. “I have no idea what his plans are,” Fleischer said.

Gene Lattuga, the Cornish developer and owner of the building at 37 Main St. where the Claremont Stone Arch Bakery is located, did not return a message seeking comment.

John Lippman can be reached at jlippman@vnews.com.