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New cafe 'bringing the city to the country' in Epping
Chefs Ashley Lavoie and Alex McMorran work in the kitchen as they prepare for Friday’s opening of the new Popovers at Brickyard Square in Epping. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
The new café and French pastry shop opening Friday in the Brickyard Square shopping plaza will bring a European concept to the area with pastries, desserts, coffees, fine wines, sandwiches, soups and salads in a casual, yet elegant, atmosphere.
The new location comes eight years after the first Popovers café opened in downtown Portsmouth.
Tinios, who owns Popovers with master baker Steve James, said Epping was chosen for the second Popovers because of its location. It’s about halfway between the Seacoast and Manchester and sits at the intersection of two major highways — Route 101 traveling east and west and Route 125 for traffic heading north and south.
“We really like the people here we were dealing with,” he said.
The new café will employ 30 to 50 workers depending on the season.
In addition to its indoor seating, Popovers will offer outdoor seating for about 50 patrons.
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