- The Skinny Pancake, Hanover, N.H.
This Friday, May 6, the Skinny Pancake will celebrate the grand opening of a new location in Hanover, N.H. The outpost is the locavore crêperie's sixth. The company's first foray beyond state lines, it joins two Burlington venues (on Lake Street and at the University of Vermont) and spots in Montpelier, at the Burlington International Airport and at Sugarbush Resort.
Co-owner Benjy Adler says the Hanover location most resembles the Skinny's Lake Street hub in Burlington. In addition to serving breakfast, sweet and savory crêpes, snacks, and entrées, the new spot will pour up to 22 draft beers and ciders from a 30-foot bar. At the moment, that bar is limited to serving beer, wine and cordials, but Adler says he's working on obtaining a full license.
As in Burlington, the Hanover Skinny will host live shows and community events up to six nights a week. Vermont musicians Brett Hughes and Caleb Elder will play the grand-opening party this Friday, while Sunday night's showcase will feature singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling.
"That's just a taste of what's to come," Adler says, adding that the location has the potential to host programs such as storytelling nights and local fundraisers.
The new location continues the company's commitment to local sourcing. Located an hour and a half from SP's Burlington base, the restaurant has expanded sourcing to include Upper Valley producers. Meats will come from North Country Smokehouse in Claremont, N.H., and maple products from Mac's Maple in Plainfield, N.H. Nearby King Arthur Flour will supply baked goods, and Fairlee's Root 5 Farm will contribute produce.
Adler cites the Upper Valley's agricultural character as crucial to the company's expansion, along with the customer base offered by Hanover's Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center. "The Upper Valley is a fertile local food area," he says. "For the future, we're going to be growing from one lush, fertile valley to the next."
Facing an industry-wide scarcity of kitchen workers, Adler will work shifts as a line cook himself in Hanover — a wearing-all-the-hats turn of events that he says excites him. "I like [working the line] when I'm needed, not for some silly symbolic reason," he says. "It's a tight labor market, and we're still hiring up."
Bottom line: "We're coming here to have a whole lotta fun," Adler says. The Skinny Pancake's Hanover location at 3 Lebanon Street will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or later. Find more info at skinnypancake.com.