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“Classiest Vermont General Store & Great Food / Service”

J. J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery
Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in Peru
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Pizza
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery is a purveyor of basic provisions and dry goods, local produce, meat and dairy products, cheese, charcuterie, penny candy, fine wine, cocktails and beer. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily, with apres ski specials in the winter and late-night outdoor dining in the warmer months. The wood-fired oven turns out delicious pizzas with creative toppings and baked goods daily alongside cheese and charcuterie boards, sandwiches, salads, espresso, and other coffee drinks. We serve Vermont Craft Beer and Wine by the glass as well as to take out. Cocktail Bar open Thursday- Saturday Night. Call for extended weekend hours and live entertainment. Full Dinner Menu available Thursday- Sunday from 5-9pm.
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

I visited mid week & between the lunch and dinner hour with a friend who had had lunch at many VT General Stores as a personal quest. Both she and I agree this this Store and it's sit down Restaurant are top notch. Great food & service. (Wild mushroom pizza and Truffle Fries). Cool stuff in the store. Amazing white marble walkways and patio out back.

Thank Laura K
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Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

Yes, the Hapgood Store has existed since 1820s, the location the same (2mins north off Rte 30) in the Town of Peru's eastern end, but the present bldg is new (apx 2013). Gone are the wooded floors, the creeks and the sounds made walking over them, the interior darkness etc.

But life moves on ....
New are the marble sidewalk (nice plaque commentating the Dorset Quarry), the patio is super to eat or just have a beverage. Inside tables for the rainy day.
Love the bean bag toss to occupy the kids!

Shop for odds/ends, or have a great brick oven pizza (large so shareable - see photos), coffees (all types), mixed juices.
The menu is ok. Had cranbury/chicken salad (sandwich if you want it that way). Had sourdough -peanut butter, Vermont honey, sliced banana. (Could have been more generous with the pb.) The kids were very happy to have PBJ.

Wasn't disappointed. Wouldn't have gotten this in the old Hapgoods!
So if you're by on Rte 30, maybe after the Bromley Mtn Adventure activities --- go here !!

Oh, the bulletin board remains ....

Thank Track1089
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VermontJetsetter, Owner at J. J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2017

Thank you for your review. It is nice to know that you remember the old store so well describing the details like the creeks and sounds. So do I, as I grew up in Peru and with the old store. In fact the sounds were so important to me that we retained the same old bells that were on the original door!

Thank you for mentioning all of the details of the patio, etc. We feel really fortunate to have been supported so much by the community to the extent that the marble was donated to the store by a community member.

Thank you also for recommending us. Please come again!

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Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here with our family for an early dinner at 4:30. The second we walked in we felt unwelcome (maybe because we had a couple younger kids?) The gal at the register told us they only serve pizza and salad until 5:30? That seemed strange as it states on their menu they serve burgers and other food also. She told us we could wait until 5:30 for other food. Clearly we were traveling and not going to wait. Disappointed they couldn't fire up the grill for us? On to the next town for our family.

3  Thank madieshopper
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VermontJetsetter, Owner at J. J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2017

We are sorry to hear that you felt this way. When you arrived at Hapgood Store at 4:30pm, it is true that we do not serve dinner at that hour. We do, however, offer wonderful wood fired pizza, salad and soups as you were told. We are a busy small restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday- Sunday and we do need a little time to transition to our full dinner offering between 3pm and 5:30. We were in the process of setting up for dinner. It was a beautiful day and out patio was still bustling with families enjoying pizza.

I think if you had taken a little more time to browse our offerings, you would find that we are very family and child friendly. In fact, it is a favorite family destination. We have lawn games outside for kids, puzzles for kids to play with at the tables, etc. And, I know kids love our pizza. Penny candy? We have penny candy!!

So we are sorry to have missed you this time but please try us again. I am confident that if you are looking for a full dinner offering and you come during the times that we offer dinner you would be happy. Dinner is served from 5:30-9 Thursday to Sunday.

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Reviewed July 13, 2017

the pizzas are v good. plenty big enough to share if need be. lots of variety on the menu, plus daily specials.

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Reviewed July 5, 2017

We were only in Vermont for 3 days and ate at J.J. Hapgood twice because we liked it so much. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody, they have something for everybody. The expertly do comfort food, like burgers, fried chicken, club sandwich and pizza's, while taking them to the next level. The fried chicken sandwich was not just a piece of fried chicken but perfectly fried chicken on a delicious brioche roll and perfectly matched sauce. We sat outside on the patio because it was a beautiful day both times. They have yard toys for kids and adults to occupy time while you wait. We did not discover the drink menu until after our last visit, I will definitely return during happy hour to try a few different delicious sounding options.

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Thank Scott M
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