Wilton couple prepares to open meals-to-go, taphouse on Main Street

  • Megan and Chris Gordon of Wilton are renovating 39 Main Street in Wilton to accommodate a meals-to-go and tap house business. Courtesy photos—

  • Megan and Chris Gordon of Wilton are renovating 39 Main Street in Wilton to accommodate a meals-to-go and tap house business. Courtesy photos—

  • Megan and Chris Gordon of Wilton are renovating 39 Main Street in Wilton to accommodate a meals-to-go and tap house business. Courtesy photos—

  • Megan and Chris Gordon of Wilton are renovating 39 Main Street in Wilton to accommodate a meals-to-go and tap house business. Courtesy photos—

  • Megan and Chris Gordon (above) of Wilton are renovating 39 Main St. in Wilton to accommodate a meals-to-go and taphouse business. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/12/2020 12:24:40 PM

Megan and Chris Gordon are preparing to open a new taphouse and meal-to-go service on Wilton’s Main Street.

Megan, the owner of Copper Kettle Bakery, has been renting a commercial kitchen once a week for several years to cook home-style recipes that are easy to store and reheat. She then delivers the meals to her customers. It’s been a small but steadily growing business for her, she said in a recent interview, but she was eager to expand. When 39 Main St. in Wilton came up for sale, she said it was a golden opportunity.

“We thought is would be better to buy, so we can do what we want with it, and not be tied down, and really be able to fulfill our dream the way we envision it,” Megan said.

Megan said having her own kitchen will allow her to cook five or six days a week, and exponentially expand her business. Before she paused her regular customers in order to begin renovations on 39 Main St., she said she would typically deliver 15 meals per day. When she’s able to open, she said double that should be going out the door per day, in addition to ready-to-go meals available for purchase at the storefront.

Megan said most of her meals are “tried and true” hearty meals made from scratch, that are either family recipes or personal favorites she’s picked up along the way.

“A lot of time, people are busy, but they still deserve a home-cooked meal,” Megan said.

The Copper Kettle is planned to take up half the building The other half, is going to be for Chris’ endeavor – a taphouse that offers mostly local microbrews.

Chris said the concept of a tap house has been brewing in his mind since college, where for one of his senior projects, he designed a similar lounge and bar.

“It’s just sort of been one of my bucket list items, to have a taphouse, a space where people can come together,” Chris said. “For the community to be able to come together.”

He’s mostly interested in serving beer made locally and by small brewers, Chris said.

“The idea is to bring some of the smaller brew houses together in one location,” he said. “It’s another way to support small businesses and breweries that are trying to get off the ground and get their name out there.”

The couple said they plan to leverage their location on Main Street, and backside view of the river, by opening up their patio to customers.

Jennifer Beck, chair of Wilton’s Economic Development Team, said a place for a drink and some food is the type of business her board has been looking for in the area for a long time.

“We desperately need this,” Beck said. “People want to do this kind of thing before or after a movie. There’s not really a place to hang out like that. Hearing about what they want to do with that place, it sends me to my happy place.”

Beck said the tap house, which plans to provide appetizers and light meals as well as beer, is “complimentary” to other food and beverage offerings already in town, and in the perfect location to drive business to Main Street. She said she hopes it will become a destination location, and encourage other food businesses in the area.

“This is what we need,” Beck said. “People who fell in love with the town, and want to get into business, but in a way that’s also an investment for the community. We’ve been trying to sell a vision, and it seems to be getting a hold.”

Megan said the renovations on the building are still currently under way, and the plan is to be able to open both halves of the business at the same time, around July, depending upon any business restrictions at the time.


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