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Nodine’s Smokehouse Now Open in Canton

November 21, 2016 Business No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON — Nodine’s long-awaited restaurant, deli and retail store formally opened its doors on Monday, Nov. 21.

For owner Calvin Nodine and crew, who have been working on the restaurant since March, it was an exciting day and an extension of the smoked meats business his parents Ronald and Johanne started in 1969.

“We’re 47 years in business,” Calvin Nodine said. “This is a big tribute to my mom and dad.”

The 192 Albany location is open with a selection of Nodine’s meats, jams, jellies, pizzas, sandwiches and more. Initially the menu will be limited to items such as pizzas, sandwiches, hot oven grinders and deli sides but that will be greatly expanded after the New Year, said owner Calvin Nodine.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Nodine said of the menu. “We’re going to do our best, see what people want and change it from there.”

He did say executive chef Jeremy Archer will offer robust 12- and 18-inch pizzas and patrons can dine in for lunch and dinner. However, menu’s were not yet available for publication.

Nodine and a small crew have been working on the Canton building since March. Calvin Nodine acknowledged it took much longer than anticipated, partially due to putting much more time into the building than originally anticipated.

“Once we realized the full direction of what we could do, we decided to go that way,” he said.

Earlier this fall, the restaurant opening was delayed due to an issue with the ovens and the town building department. Calvin Nodine declined to speak about that issue, simply describing it as “mechanical issues.”

Formerly the home of Smokin’ Spokes, The Hub and most recently Momma Mia’s, the building has seen much turnover in recent years. Nodine said he has a 5-year lease with an option to purchase the building. The building was completely re-sided with natural wood tongue and groove siding, a theme that continues inside.

Nodine said the timing is also good for the holidays, when Nodine’s meats, especially hams, are in demand.

Nodine’s smokehouse dates back to 1969 when Ronald and Johanne Nodine started smoking meats. The company now offers smoked meats, poultry, fish and cheese, processed at a plant in Torrington. The company has a retail store in Goshen. The Canton location, first to offer a full restaurant, features many vintage photographs and articles about the business as well as a few antique appointments.

Initial hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The phone at the restaurant is (860) 693-0551. For more information, follow Nodine’s Canton on facebook. More about Nodine’s can also be seen at https://www.nodinesmokehouse.com


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