Pines Seafood House is closing its doorsBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
September 26. 2017 10:47PM
RAYMOND — The owners of the Pines Seafood House are looking toward retirement and have decided to put the restaurant they’ve operated together for the past 35 years on the market.
Deerfield residents Norman and Ann Launier plan to close the restaurant at 171 Route 27 on Oct. 8 and hope to sell the property in the coming months.
The Launiers have operated the restaurant since they took over what began as an ice cream stand in 1982. They expanded to include seafood and grew the business over the years, but they’re now trying to take a few things off their plate as they enter their retirement years.
Norman Launier said they’re both 66 and ready to kick back a bit, but if the building doesn’t sell, it’s possible they’ll reopen in the spring.
“It’s been a lot of work. It was a good experience. It enabled us to put our children through college and set one of them up in a business,” said Launier, who described his wife as the “backbone of the business.”
The restaurant once had 35 employees, but Launier said that number has dropped to eight as the operation has scaled back and cut its hours in recent years
The Pines offered a casual environment with counter service and a dining room that was added over the years. It has served a variety of traditional fried and grilled seafood, lobster rolls, and award-winning chowder along with burgers and other sandwiches for non-seafood types.
It was also known for its selection of ice cream and sundaes.
While most people stopped in for lunch or dinners, the restaurant’s four mailboxes along Route 27 also garnered some attention. The mailbox that was reachable to the postal workers was installed at ground level and labeled “The Pines.” As a joke, a mailbox above it was designed for “junk mail” while the one above that was meant for bills and the one at the top was for taxes.
“I think I’ll miss the people. We’ve had a lot of loyal customers who have supported us over the years. We’ll miss it, there’s no doubt about it, but we’re ready to move on,” Norman Launier said.