By: Nicolas Berlinski, The Dartmouth
The Salt Hill Pub franchise plans to open a new café in downtown Lebanon this spring, serving a combination of coffee and desserts.
Opening a coffeehouse has been a long-time ambition for the Tuohy brothers, who co-own the Salt Hill Pub franchise. Co-owner Josh Tuohy, who runs the business with his brother Joe Tuohy, said that the original Salt Hill Pub opened at 7 a.m. and served coffee and breakfast.
“That was a really enjoyable part of the business for us,” Josh Tuohy said.
The café will take up the space of a vacated yoga studio. Having long been interested in the property, which is adjacent to the current Lebanon Salt Hill Pub location, the Tuohy brothers quickly pounced on it when it came up on the market, Josh Tuohy said. There are also Salt Hill Pub locations in Hanover, Newbury, Newport and West Lebanon.
The new coffee shop will be connected to the current Lebanon Salt Hill Pub restaurant, which serves Irish-themed pub food. The hope is that the two establishments will complement each other, Josh Tuohy said.
While the menu has not yet been decided, Josh Tuohy said that the shop will provide coffee and espresso in partnership with Woodshed Roasting Company, a coffee roasting company with locations throughout New Hampshire. The café will also serve a range of desserts and light bites.
Salt Hill Pub’s café is not the first coffee venture in Lebanon. While Hanover has long been home to coffee shops such as Dirt Cowboy Café, Starbucks and the King Arthur Flour location on the College campus, other coffee shops have sprung up in Lebanon including Jake’s Coffee Company and Lucky’s Coffee Garage.
Rob Taylor, executive director of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, said that the opening of the café is “definitely a positive thing.” He added that Lucky’s Coffee Garage, a recent addition to the community, has boosted commerce in the area and attracted more people to Lebanon’s streets. He said he expects that Salt Hill Pub’s café will add to this.
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