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August 2012 Restaurant of the Month - Homestead Restaurant

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The membership has voted! The August Restaurant of the Month is the Homestead Restaurant.

About the Restaurant of the Month:

In William and Carolyn McDonough opened The Homestead Restaurant in Bristol, the former home of a revolutionary war soldier and the oldest house in town. Ten years later, the couple wanted to retire, so their sons took over the business in Bristol. They later opened a second Homestead location in Londonderry. (That is now a separate entity called The Coach Stop Restaurant, owned by a fourth brother, Steve McDonough). The brothers then forged into Italian-style restaurants with open-kitchen concepts and wood-fired ovens. They opened the first Fratello’s in the former Indian Head Bank in Laconia, followed years later by a location at a former shoe factory in the Manchester mills. Four years ago, a third Fratello’s opened at a former pulp factory in Lincoln. Recently, the brothers had been thinking about opening another Fratello’s, but when a friend flagged their attention to the historic Daniel Webster Highway property, they decided it would be a good fit for a “Homestead” concept. Plus, McDonough said, the building has plenty of visibility – especially with the new airport access road going in just north of the restaurant “Silo’s made good sense,” McDonough said. “There’s a lot of history to the building.” Built in 1790, the structure was part of the original Smith Farm and is a fixture on the town’s heritage tour of Reeds Ferry. In 1994, Dean and Susanne Robbins opened Silo’s there, a two-level, 140-seat steakhouse where customers could sit in the hayloft for views of the original post and beam work. Susanne Robbins put the property up for sale in January. The McDonough brothers bought it in early April for $430,000, according to the town’s assessing department, plus $100,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment. “They did a very nice job in maintaining the character of the barn and insulating from outside, exposing the barn board,” McDonough said. “We hope to continue in the same direction with our renovations to make further improvements.” McDonough said the restaurant will serve American fare, such as steak, seafood and chicken dishes, along with some pasta plates popular at Fratello’s.



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