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Public House Restaurant to Open Diner at Nearby Quechee Village

Valley News Business Writer
Published: 8/13/2017 12:17:24 AM
Modified: 8/13/2017 12:17:25 AM

Quechee — The Public House restaurant is opening a second location, called The Public House Diner & Deli, in the space formerly occupied by CJ’s at Than Wheeler’s Tavern at Quechee Gorge Village.

The diner-restaurant, which will be serving breakfast and lunch only, with luck will be ready for customers on Sept. 10, the second anniversary that owners Andrew Schain and Scott Bacon opened The Public House in the spot formerly occupied by Shepard’s Pie Restaurant on Route 4, according to Schain.

“We’re renovating this week and we’re opening early fall,” Schain said. “It will be on the same date that we opened The Public House if we can figure it out.”

Schain said he doesn’t expect the two eateries, which will be only one-tenth of a mile apart on Route 4, to cannibalize each other’s business because the restaurant serves dinner Monday through Friday (lunch is available only on the weekend) and the diner will be serving breakfast and lunch — at least initially.

Since opening The Public House two years ago, Schain said, customer traffic has been steadily growing and he and Bacon had been scouting for a second location “for a while now and then this came open and we started exploring it.” The new location has a seating capacity for 110 and will have outdoor seating and a take-out window, he said.

With a steady flow of passing tourists, Schain called Quechee Gorge Village “an amazing spot,” explaining that owner Gary Neil “does a great job with the property” by offering a mix of shopping, antique mall, flea market, a distillery, Segway tours and — most recently — “alpaca corral” passes.

Schain said the diner’s menu will be “totally classic diner, corned beef hash, rubens, open face turkey dinners,” and he’s still taking requests through the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Schain previously managed Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock. Bacon also runs a house painting business, The Perfect Coat, in Quechee.

CJ’s at Than Wheeler’s Tavern relocated from downtown White River Junction to Quechee a couple of years ago. The location, with its 1947 Worcester Diner car, has been a restaurant under a succession of names and operators, including The Farmers Diner and before that, The Quechee Diner.

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