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Sonny Monroe was a short-order chef with big ambitions. A natural-born culinary talent, he dreamed of running his own restaurant where he could create recipes that sparked his imagination and challenged his cooking skills. In 1974, Sonny and his wife acquired a scrappy diner in southwestern Vermont. It wasn’t long before Sonny’s Blue Benn was a Bennington landmark, as much for free-flowing conversation as the mouth-watering food.
This is a book about a legendary diner and the family that created it. It’s also a celebration of a community hangout, a place that gave townspeople a chance to forge connections with their neighbors no matter what side of the political or economic divide they found themselves.
In the tradition of Studs Terkel’s Working, the story is toldby the people that made the Blue Benn a renowned Vermont institution: the regulars who ate there and the staff that served them. Sonny’s Blue Benn: Feeding the Soul of a Vermont Town celebrates the importance of small-town life and the value of local gathering places. These are stories of a Vermont community and an iconic diner that magically brought it together.
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