Hanover Restaurants Jesse’s, Molly’s Both Sold

  • Tuck School of Business students, from right, Kevin McCafferty, Alex Nadas and Eben Pingree enjoy a beer together at Molly's in Hanover, N.H., on Friday, May 31, 2013. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, center, takes a question from a Dartmouth student during a talk at Jesse's Steaks, Seafood and Tavern in Hanover, N.H., on May 19, 2011. (Valley News - Jason Johns) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Hanover — In a passing of the torch at two landmark Upper Valley restaurants, Marc and Patty Milowsky have sold Jesse’s and Molly’s to Anthony Barnett, director of operations at the two restaurants, and his wife, Erin Barnett, a member of the management team confirmed to the Valley News Tuesday afternoon.

The sale, which closed last week, keeps the current management team in place, including managing chef Josh Eichman and functions manager Jennifer Packard, Packard said in an interview.

Marc Milowsky will continue to consult at the restaurants and is retaining ownership of the real estate, according to Packard. The two Hanover restaurants operate under the umbrella of Milowsky’s Blue Sky Restaurants group, and the Jesse’s property includes land in Lebanon.

“Everyone is staying under the new ownership structure,” Packard said, explaining the sale was facilitated to keep the restaurants in the hands of the current management team as the Milowskys transition out of daily operations.

Marc and Patty Milowsky have owned Jesse’s Steaks, Seafood and Tavern on Route 120 since 1976 when it was founded. The family-style restaurant has long been a favorite stop for politicos during their campaign swings through the Upper Valley.

The Milowskys opened their second restaurant, then called Molly’s Balloon, 1983 in the space formerly occupied by the Town and Country Dress Shop. The downtown Hanover restaurant was renamed Molly’s Restaurant and Bar in 1998 following a renovation project.

The Milowskys were not immediately available for comment.

The sale of Jesse’s and Molly’s marks the second recent major restaurant sale in Hanover. In July, John Chapin sold the Canoe Club to its longtime bartender and two executives affiliated with Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

Posted on Tuesday. Find a full report in an upcoming edition of the Valley News. John Lippman can be reached at jlippman@vnews.com