The past, present and future owners of the Cockadoodle Cafe are (l-r) Jeff and Jen Staff, Jim and Nell Fisher, and Kevin Barry. (Herald / Lisa Campbell)

The Cockadoodle Pizza Cafe Will Have New Ownership

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Lisa Campbell, Herald Correspondent
On the afternoon of October 28, a standing-room-only crowd of friends and neighbors gathered at Bethel’s Cockadoodle Pizza Cafe, to bid a fond farewell to owners Nell and Jim Fisher, who have been a cornerstone of the Bethel community for over 10 years.
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The Fishers moved to Randolph from Oregon in the fall of 2005, to be closer to Nell’s family and in order to for Nell to attend the veterinary technician program at Vermont Technical College. While Nell attended school, Jim worked as a cook at the Three Stallion Inn.

In 2007, Jim heard that there was a pizza restaurant for sale in downtown Bethel, and purchased the Cockadoodle Pizza Cafe from its owner, Kevin Barry. Barry had started the business in the Lavere Block (in the location that now houses the Bethel Village Sandwich Shop), where it remained until February 2010. At that time, Nell and Jim purchased the Brick Store from longtime Bethel resident Mary Floyd, and moved “The Cockadoodle” to its current location.

Despite the demands of running a successful restaurant business, Jim and Nell made it a priority to support local events, and organizations. While they are reluctant to toot their own horn, there is no shortage of stories of their generosity, from donating pizzas to local groups for community dinners, sponsoring local sports teams, providing gift certificates to groups for fundraising, gift cards or meals to neighbors in need, to working actively with groups such as the Bethel Revitalization Initiative.

In addition to their passion for their business and the town of Bethel, the Fishers were also supporters and canine foster parents for Potter’s Angels, a local animal rescue group. They were dedicated to the dogs in their care, providing behavioral support, a temporary home, and often times finding the “fur-ever” homes for their vulnerable charges.

Last spring, the grapevine began to carry whispers of the Fisher’s plan to sell the Cockadoodle and return to the Pacific Northwest to be near Jim’s family. On November 1, the keys to the Cockadoodle castle were officially passed on to Jen and Jeff Staff.

The Fishers are making travel plans, and thinking about what the future might hold for them out west. While Jim is thinking about the next business venture, Nell is hoping for a little down time, some house hunting, and maybe working for someone else for a while.


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