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New Hampshire

January 30, 2014

Common Man reopens after fire last month

Locals loyal to New Hampshire restaurant family

WINDHAM — A month after an electrical fire caused thousands of dollars in damage at The Common Man, the popular restaurant has reopened.

The fire Dec. 28 was the third at the eatery since June, prompting a lot of calls to Town Hall from people worried it would be closed forever, according to town community development director Laura Scott.

The other two fires, in June and July, were minor and The Common Man reopened shortly after.

“There was such a loud outpouring of concern from the residents,” Scott said. “It is a staple in town.”

When the Range Road restaurant reopened for dinner Jan. 22, there were plenty of pleased customers in the house, owner and CEO Alex Ray said.

The restaurant, located in a restored 17th-century barn on Range Road since 1996, is one of 18 in the Common Man chain located throughout the state. The Common Man restaurant chain is one of “603 Reasons” readers say New Hampshire is special.

Perhaps one of its biggest fans in Windham is Scott, who said the restaurant has been an economic boon for the community. The Common Man has developed a reputation locally for its food, atmosphere and charitable contributions, she said.

“It’s a nice, warm atmosphere, where you can get a good, warm meal and chat with people,” she said.

The restaurant draws crowds of customers from town, surrounding communities and across the state border, Scott said. It’s known for its casual dining and pub fare, offering everything from macaroni-and-cheese to prime rib.

“The Common Man is the ‘Cheers’ of Windham,” Scott said, referring to the 1980s television show. “You go there and everybody knows your name. My favorite is the homemade potato chips.”

The restaurant announced its reopening on its website and Facebook page Jan. 23

“We’re back and we can’t wait to see you,” the website said. “Get in here!”

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