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Rindge

Former culinary services director takes on new Hometown Diner

Opening expected sometime in September, with grand opening in October

  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • The inside of the Hometown Diner features teal seats and vintage jukeboxes, as well as traditional diner stools. The diner is slated to open in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    The inside of the Hometown Diner features teal seats and vintage jukeboxes, as well as traditional diner stools. The diner is slated to open in mid-September.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge at the Hometown Diner, located at the intersections of routes 119 and 202. Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry for 35 years and said Thursday that she can't wait until the Hometown Diner opens in Rindge in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • The inside of the Hometown Diner features teal seats and vintage jukeboxes, as well as traditional diner stools. The diner is slated to open in mid-September.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

RINDGE — A Sunday morning drive-and-dine car show, community barbecues and breakfast served all day are just a few of the visions Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge has for the Hometown Diner, which she is leasing from owner Tim Halliday of Rindge.

Rosengrant, a Rindge resident for the past 10 years, said in an interview at the diner Thursday morning that she can’t wait for lifelong residents, local motorcycle-enthusiasts, snowmobilers and tourists from all around to gather at the 1940s Silk City Diner for fun, great food and conversation. The diner will have a soft opening for friends and family on a Sunday in September and then it will be open to the general public. A grand opening is slated for sometime in October. The diner’s hours will be from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, except Tuesdays when it will be closed.

“The whole history of this diner is fascinating,” Rosengrant said of the vintage diner, which traveled in late May from Ottawa, Ohio, to the intersections of routes 119 and 202 in Rindge, its new home. “This diner is a starting point for Rindge to really grow [commercially].”

Rosengrant said she inquired with Halliday about leasing the space in recent weeks, and the two met one day at the Hometown Diner where they swapped stories and fantasized about the types of events, food and other offerings they would like to see there.

“We connected right away,” she said. “I couldn’t keep my feet on the ground, I was so excited about the possibilities.”

For the past 35 years, Rosengrant has worked in the food service industry, including her most recent job at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Jaffrey, where she was the director of culinary services for eight years and helped implement a fine dining program.

As the operator of the Hometown Diner, Rosengrant said she plans to make all that she can from scratch and cook with local produce. “I love being creative and trying something new,” she said.

After the diner has been open for a few months, Rosengrant said she will be considering extended hours, such as those in the evening for special events, and also an expanded menu. The diner seats more than 60 people at one time and has the old fashion jukeboxes at each of its booths, which Rosengrant said will be up and working for a mid-September opening.

With Franklin Pierce University located less than two miles down Route 119 from the diner, Rosengrant said she hopes to partner with the institution so students can purchase a food voucher in advance to pay for a certain number of meals.

“It’s going to be nice for the community to be able to come together after church or for breakfast before work,” she said. “People are always happy when they have good food and their friends around.”

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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