Sherman’s Pitstop opens up on Route 101

  • Steve Yurish, owner of Sherman's Pitstop on Route 101 in Wilton, hopes to carry fare from across America in his new restaurant. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/5/2021 3:07:33 PM

Sherman’s Pitstop has a retro feel and tastes from across the country on its menu.

The new restaurant, located on Route 101 in Wilton, has replaced the Country Chef, and owners Steve and Diane Yurish are making their first foray as dedicated restaurateurs.

The couple formerly owned and operated Moulton’s Market in Amherst, which was a convenience grocery store with a large portion of the business dedicated to deli, pizza and takeout. Steve said for their next venture, he and his wife decided to focus solely on food, and particularly barbecue, which is a passion of his.

Thus was born “Sherman’s Pitstop,” a triple play on words. The restaurant is named after their elderly rescued pitbull, Sherman, has a growing menu of barbecue cooked in a “pit,” and is also designed to reflect the traditional roadside grill you might make a pitstop at during a cross-country road trip, Steve explained.

“This is my vision,” Steve said. “A roadside stop, something you’d find on a little backroad while on a road trip, a roadside grill of the kind you can find all over America, or on the old Route 66.”

The menu also reflects that road trip feeling, Steve said, with “casual, seasonal fare” and summer specialty recipes such as New England clam chowder, Cajun fries, poutine, southwest corn and bean salsa, Boston beans, and a Raleigh sandwich, which is pulled pork on an onion roll in a South Carolina style.

In the fall, Steve said, the menu will feature more hearty home-made soups and “comfort” food.

Currently, the menu only boasts a few barbecue items, but Steve said he’s working on expanding that menu, and eventually having an entire dedicated page of his menu.

“I’ve been doing barbecue my whole adult life. It’s something I have a passion for, but I wanted to have a variety of items,” Steve said.

The Yurishes are also currently in the midst of the permitting process to expand parking at the restaurant, to allow them to expand the outdoor seating area. Outdoor dining was first implemented by the Country Chef during COVID-19, Steve said, and Sherman’s Pitstop will carry on that tradition, with tables set up behind the restaurant with a view of the river. But though the restaurant can accommodate as many as 48 people indoors and 50 outside, it can never be at full capacity, due to the limited number of parking spaces available.

Steve said the other obstacle preventing the full realization of some of his ambitions is the same issue plaguing many New Hampshire businesses – a staffing shortage. Their kitchen staff – which includes Steve as chef – only has about three employees, when it really needs five, Steve said, plus 10 part-time wait staff and ice cream scoopers.

Weekend breakfast is something locals want, Steve said, but he currently doesn’t have enough staff to run it. He said some of his visions for the restaurant will have to wait until there are enough employees to support those dreams.

Sherman’s Pitstop is now open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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