Beanstalk owner Jane Beaulieu excited to reopen in downtown Manchester
MANCHESTER — The beanstalk will rise again.
Jewell and the Beanstalk, the neighborhood eatery on Somerville Street that was known for its healthy, homemade fare and pastries, is to be reincarnated downtown as “The Beanstalk.”
The restaurant will take the place of the Chestnut Street Downtown Diner at the corner of Chestnut and Manchester streets. The diner had been in business for a few years and had a reputation for serving cheap plentiful breakfasts.
The Beanstalk, in both its locations, has been a joint venture of Jane Beaulieu, the state representative and longtime Manchester activist, and Amber Enright, her daughter. Enright will cook on the weekends at the new restaurant and bake her “famous muffins and scones,” Beaulieu said.
Beaulieu opened the original Beanstalk, at the corner of Somerville and Taylor streets, in 1999. She said the new restaurant will be familiar to fans of the old place, while expanding on its offerings since the former location didn’t have a full kitchen.
“It will be fresh food — much of it good for vegetarians, local breads, and eggs, sometimes organic. All the pastries will be made in house,” she said. “The ambience is old grocery story. People like that in New Hampshire, that homey feeling.”
At the same time, Beaulieu said she’s going to keep the existing chrome counter and will continue to serve some of the foods past patrons might appreciate.
“A lot of the old costumers liked greasy food,” she said. “We do have a fryolator, so we’ll have French fries and bacon.”
She said she’s also interested in serving old-fashioned frappes and milkshakes.
Beaulieu will be partnering in the business with one of the owners of the diner.
One special feature of the site is that is has a 10-space parking lot, a rarity in the downtown area. Beaulieu, a farmer’s market enthusiast, said she hopes to be able to have a few farm stands at the lot on Saturdays.
Beaulieu’s last downtown venture, the Mill Town Market, which sold homemade foods and crafts, opened in 2011, but closed a short time later.
Beaulieu said she was hopeful that the location of the new Beanstalk, coupled with its parking lot and the name recognition, would have more success.
The planned hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Beaulieu said she hopes to open in about three weeks, once she completes redecorating and cleaning, a time consuming process. “It’s like grease galore,” she said.