Businesses mark milestones

Two local landmark eateries were in the news last week, each celebrating a milestone.

On Friday, The Telegraph shared the news of the re-opening of Main Street cornerstone Joanne’s Kitchen.

Nine months after an electrical fire put the restaurant out of commission, ownership made a triumphant return, welcoming guest – new and old – back with an updated menu on Saturday.

“We’re very excited,” said Ron Cote, the owner of 38 years. “We’re full staffed – a few newcomers and some that have been here since the fossil days.”

In addition, Cote has a new partner, Whitney Swain, who started as a dishwasher and has worked at Joanne’s since he was 14 years old.

“I’m going to be here for at least another 40 years,” Swain said.

With additions to the menu, the owners said the restaurant will be open longer through the week. Hours are set for 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to noon on weekends. The menu will also include $5 daily specials.

Another Nashua institution – Crosby Bakery – hosted its grand open on Saturday, as well.

New owners Ryan Morse and Jennifer Stone-Grimaldi celebrating the icons history, as well as recent renovations, including new gray wood floors, trendy chalkboard menus and touch screen tablets that now allow for credit and debit card transactions.

Saturday’s celebratory atmosphere at Crosby’s drew crowds from all around to enjoy the many tasty and colorful confections.

“We won’t be changing things too much, but we wanted to modernize it a bit to give more people access,” Stone-Grimaldi said.

Places like Crosby Bakery and Joanne’s Kitchen truly make Nashua what it is. Congratulations – and thank you – to both for being a part of this wonderful community.