Woodman's, the seasonal seafood restaurant inside of Mel's Funway Park, will not be opening its doors this spring. (UNION LEADER FILE)
Woodman's not reopening in Litchfield
"Our lease was up, and we were thinking about staying open, but honestly, we want to concentrate on our efforts in Massachusetts with our 100-year anniversary," said Steve Woodman, one of the owners.
"We have different emotions about it. We had a great experience up there, and we are not closing our mind to New Hampshire again," said Woodman, who admits it was challenging operating a seasonal restaurant.
"I think people will be disappointed, especially our customers we had on a regular basis. We appreciate all of their loyalty," he said. "Right now we are focusing on Massachusetts."
In a posting on the company's website, Woodman said the Litchfield restaurant was a tremendous success and had a great run.
The restaurant was first established by Chubby and Bessie Woodman as a roadside grocery stand in 1914, and sold its first fried clams two years later.
"Now please don't assume that we're done with New Hampshire forever. We hope to be back in the Granite State someday, and if all the stars align, we will be," he said.