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Salt hill Pub will not reopen Hanover location, citing pandemic

Valley News Business Writer
Published: 6/2/2020 5:27:42 PM
Modified: 6/2/2020 9:50:39 PM

HANOVER — Salt hill Pub, citing “well-documented challenges associated with COVID-19,” said it had decided that its Hanover location will not reopen following the pandemic, closing permanently.

The announcement late Tuesday makes it the second downtown mainstay to be knocked out by the COVID-19 pandemic, following dessert purveyor Morano Gelato’s announcing last month.

Restaurants and retail shops in Hanover have been pummeled by measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the town’s principal economic driver, Dartmouth College, closed its campus to students in March, and has yet to set a date for students to return.

Some restaurants remain closed, while others are operating for curbside pickup only or have moved dining tables outside into parking spaces on South Main Street.

Salt hill Pub, which opened in 2010 in the courtyard complex on Lebanon Street, was the third Salt hill Pub restaurant of what eventually became a five-location traditional Irish tavern group operated by brothers Josh and Joe Tuohy and their family members. But the Hanover restaurant had already been on shaky ground before the onset of COVID-19 when it came close to not renewing its lease with Dartmouth College last year.

“While this was a difficult decision, we remain in steadfast support of the excellent women and men we work with in Hanover,” the Tuohys said in a statement. “Our aim is to continue to employ as many as possible at other Salt hill Pub locations.”

The Tuohys also credited Dartmouth College with being “patient and helpful throughout this uncertain time.”

Dartmouth’s real estate office forgave commercial rents in Hanover during the months of April and May as non-essential businesses were required to close.

The Salt hill Pub closing marks the third loss of a restaurant in Hanover, along with Morano Gelato and crepe maker The Skinny Pancake closing, since March. Other restaurants, such as Market Table and sister restaurants Molly’s and Jesse’s, will not reopen until Friday and June 12, respectively, according to their Facebook pages. Pine reopened for outdoor patio dining on June 1.

“Molly’s will have extra space in front and possibly behind the restaurant,” Molly’s and Jesse’s owner Tony Barnett said via email. “The town has been fantastic with helping us out.”

Still, with the closings of Skinny Pancake and now Salt hill, “that’s like 300 seats gone. That’s a big hit for Hanover,” said Nigel Leeming, owner of the tavern Murphy’s on the Green, which, like Lou’s Restaurant, has received permission from the town to move tables and tents into parking spaces along South Main for outdoor dining during social-distancing restrictions.

“I’m sorry to see them go. The brothers worked hard,” Leeming said.

Salt hill said any gift cards purchased at its Hanover restaurant will be honored at its other locations in Lebanon, West Lebanon, Newport and Newbury, N.H.

Contact John Lippman at jlippman@vnews.com.




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