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Salt hill Plans to Open Cafe in Downtown Lebanon

  • Diners eat lunch outside the Salt Hill Pub along the Mall in Lebanon, N.H., on June 19, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lebanon — Is this city becoming the coffee capital of the Upper Valley?

In a development that is sure to be welcomed by those with affinities for caffeine and pastries, Salt hill Pub plans to open a cafe on the pedestrian mall in downtown Lebanon.

Salt hill has submitted a building permit application to the city’s planning and zoning office to convert the space formerly occupied by Ancient Healing Arts Yoga studio into a 20-seat coffee, ice cream and dessert cafe that will be located adjacent to popular pub, said Salt hill co-owner Josh Tuohy.

The move follows the opening in December of Lucky’s Coffee Garage in the former Ace’s Auto Service garage at the southeast corner of the park. A Starbucks also will be opening soon on Route 12A in West Lebanon across the road from the Upper Valley Plaza shopping center.

Tuohy, in an interview, said he hopes to have the cafe open by spring, calling it a “fantastic storefront that opens right onto the mall” but will also share a common entrance with the pub.

Salt hill Pub, when it first opened in Lebanon 15 years, was actually open for breakfast, Tuohy noted, but the early-morning rush was too much for the fledgling restaurant to take on at the time and it subsequently focused on a lunch and dinner business. But the Tuohy family always hoped to again offer coffee and pastries for people during the morning quick-stop rush.

“When Shoetorium closed (on the mall in 2015) we discussed taking over that space, so this is a concept we’ve been pursuing for awhile,” Tuohy said. “It just came down to finding the right space and a suitable landlord.”

Tuohy expects the cafe’s menu to feature “scratch desserts,” some of which will be prepared in Salt hill’s kitchen but others provided by outside bakers. Tuohy said the restaurant is currently in talks with artisanal coffee roasters about supplying beans.

He envisions the pub and cafe working in tandem.

“A customer can have a meal at Salt hill Pub and then pop across the hall for dessert,” Tuohy said. “That’s absolutely one of our goals — like an annex for the pub.”

Tuohy said the hours of the cafe probably will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

“We’ve got a lot or energy behind this,” he said. “We’re stoked about it.”

Posted Thursday at 3:45 p.m. Find a full report in an upcoming Valley News.