Colorful café fare
at The Porch, Too
Before business partners Bo Foard and Gretchen Hardy
opened The Porch, Too — their
weekday breakfast and lunch spot in
Brattleboro — they started a food truck
together. Foard, an avid self-taught
cook who dabbled in catering, owns a
panel-manufacturing business; Hardy,
a graduate of the Culinary Institute
of America, had recently returned to
New England after spending time out
West. They met through Foard’s son
and Hardy’s brother, who are friends.
“She wanted to be a caterer. I wanted
to have a restaurant,” recalls Foard. “We
compromised on a food truck.”
The food truck did also provide
a kitchen for a catering business, and
the two grew together until the truck
kitchen exploded at the seams, and Foard
and Hardy converted a tired strip mall
sandwich shop into a cozy and colorful
destination for good coffee, hearty
breakfasts, and fresh, creative sandwiches
and salads. There are vases of fresh
flowers thanks to Foard’s wife, Melany
Kahn, and Hardy’s husband, Nate
Lachance, works the sandwich station.
“It’s really a partnership of families,”
Hardy and Foard have kept the menu
relatively simple and customer-focused,
expanding just a bit since the food truck
days. The café and catering operation
cross-pollinate each other deliciously.
In Brattleboro, customer-focused
fare and top-notch execution
mark a breakfast and lunch spot.
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