Stephen "Bud" Marsh and brother Scott Marsh are keeping it in the family. In May 2017, they opened the Marsh Brothers Deli at the Little Store at 55 School Street in Lebanon NH. They work there along with their cousin Kirby Monteith and his partner, Danielle Ross. Hovering over their new enterprise is the spirit of the Marsh brothers' mother, the late Jean Marsh, who, according to Bud, "had us in the kitchen of her diner--the Kettle Family Diner in Ascutney VT--running the French fry cutter at a young age." He credits her with their love for food and for teaching them "the value of hard work and perseverance."
Lebanon residents know the location well. There have been several owners and businesses over the past few years at this tiny space, offering food and/or groceries; one of the most recent was Nosh. Neighborhood folks and young professionals from local businesses are dropping by for donuts, breakfast sandwiches on Portuguese muffins, soups, and hot entrees like shepherd's pie. Burgers and hand-cut fries are also on the menu, and sandwiches are made to order. A best seller--and Bud's favorite--is rare roast beef au jus, griddled with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese, served on a toasted onion roll with barbeque sauce and horseradish mayo.
The cake donuts (featured photo, above), made in house and with a hint of lemon, fly off the shelves, prompting the Marshes to take to Facebook on occasion to assure their customers: "We're making more!" The wood-fired barbeque is what sets this eatery apart. Kirby is the barbeque master. Offerings include pastrami, turkey, chicken and pork.
Bud Marsh reports that the deli has provided lunches for some local businesses--sandwich platters, salads and desserts--that have helped to boost sales. They plan to offer delivery service soon.
Chicken chowder, with corn and bacon
Marsh acknowledged the importance of the help received from Mascoma Savings Bank and the Grafton Regional Development Corporation. He is "excited to be offering great, local homemade food to a wonderful community." Lebanon residents and those who pass by on School Street/Route 120 have always loved the Little Store. Now they can love it over a homemade donut and coffee, and a great selection of beer.
This is a take-out restaurant. On a nice day you might be able to nab a spot at one of the picnic tables outside. Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can look at, and like, their Facebook page for further information.
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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge