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Sharon Restaurant to Reopen With New Concept

Sharon — After a two-year hiatus, Idlewood restaurant is reopening with a new menu, entertainment and the feel of a neighborhood restaurant.

Husband and wife team Alex Roupinian and Marcy Marceau were putting the final touches on the menu last week and getting set for the opening on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be similar, but we’re going to change our focus to using local products and organic when we can. And we’re going to make the food more approachable and affordable,” Roupinian said, adding that menu offerings would continue to have the creative touch of a fine dining restaurant.

“We’ll have po’ boys and our version of poutine — French fries covered with chili and cheese — and we’ll have full entrees and daily specials.” Menu prices will range from $12 to $22.

Two years ago, Roupinian and Marceau took over the management and food of the restored Lyme Inn. Because of the commitment in Lyme and the attention needed to raise two sons, they closed Idlewood, which is adjacent to their home, using the restaurant — a post and beam structure with a large outside deck — only for special functions.

Earlier this year, the couple’s contract at the Lyme Inn ran out and wasn’t renewed, Roupinian said.

The Lyme Inn was designed for luxury accommodations and upscale dining, but “we want Idlewood to have great food, and we want people to have fun.”

The Idlewood restaurant has a full bar and will feature an expanded line of New England craft and artisan beers and an extensive wine list.

The restaurant will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. to about 10 p.m., he said.

West Lebanon Feed & Supply has been named the 2013 retailer of the year by Pet Product News International, a leading monthly trade news magazine that covers issues and trends affecting all sectors of the professional pet industry.

The magazine is profiling West Lebanon Supply in its July issue and will present the award at the SuperZoo trade show in Las Vegas, July 23-25. The overall winner and the 11 special recognition winners are each given a seat on the Pet Product News International retail advisory board as part of the award.

With an 11,000-square-foot retail store and 12,000 square feet of warehouse space, West Lebanon Feed & Supply, located in West Lebanon, is one of the largest single-store pet retail operations in the northeast, said Ira Richards, the store’s marketing director.

In addition to the Pet Product News International’s award, West Lebanon Feed & Supply has been recognized as the 2013 best overall single-store retailer from Pet Business Media.

The Retailer of the Year Awards were created 20 years ago to recognize retail excellence in the pet industry. Candidates are initially selected from applications distributed to retailers via the magazine, PetProductNews.com and trade shows. Retailers are then reviewed and evaluated by members of Pet Product News International’s award panel on such criteria as promotion of companion animals, involvement with professional and service organizations, innovative promotion, effective strategies in the marketplace, community and industry impact and employee training practices.

The Retailer of the Year contest is sponsored this year by World Pet Association (WPA), the oldest pet industry trade association and organizer of the annual SuperZoo trade show.

More than 50 Vermont companies who employ members of the National Guard or Reserve or otherwise support citizen soldiers were recently recognized for the outstanding manner in which they treat their employees who serve part-time in military uniform.

The Vermont Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented awards to companies who were nominated by their employees in a special ceremony in Montpelier in June.

Upper Valley Vermont employers recognized during the program included: Gifford Medical Center in Randolph; Vermont State Police in Bethel; Vermont Telephone Co. in Springfield and Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

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