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Exeter landmark, Loaf and Ladle closes its doors, looks for buyer
The Loaf and Ladle restaurant, an Exeter landmark for nearly 40 years, has temporarily closed its doors while the owner seeks a buyer. (JASON SCHREIBER)
A closed sign was placed outside the well-known soup and bread restaurant on Water Street a week ago, fueling speculation about the future of a place many consider an institution.
"It was an unanticipated closing because of a staffing change, and I'm sympathetic to the feelings of the people. It's a landmark that has a lot of memories for a lot of people and I realize that," Stolper said.
The Loaf even had its own cookbook. Harlow released the first edition in 1979 and a second in 1983, giving fans their first look at the recipes behind some of their favorite breads, soups and other baked goods.
In addition to serving food, the Loaf and Ladle has also served as a campaign stop for many political candidates over the years. While most were Democrats, some Republicans swung by as well.
The Loaf also gave many people their first jobs — and in some cases, their first loves.
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