Fuel for the Soul

Since moving to New Hampshire, I’ve determined that one thing the state does really well is preserve cool old buildings. In my mind, bonus points are awarded to projects that are completely repurposed and serve their communities in different ways: the small business economy, the environment, and the coffee consumer, in particular. Lucky’s Coffee Garage in Lebanon is an excellent example of all of these traits and based on my recent visit, seems to be thriving!

From the outside, you can totally tell how the past owners had used the building. The brick facade hints of its mechanical, practical past but walk in the doors and you’ll see a pretty amazing transformation.

Ta da! I learned about Lucky’s thanks to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance‘s 2018 Preservation Achievement Awards. You can learn about the history of the property, as well as its major facelift and community impact, here.

I absolutely love the interior of this coffee shop. As you may notice, the orange and blue color scheme is a nod to Gulf Oil, and the decor, table numbers, license plate coffee bar, and garage doors refuse to let you forget about the building’s past.

You’re probably wondering, yeah this is cool and all Erin, but why would I drive to Lebanon to check out a renovated garage? I would remind you that this is a coffee shop, with excellent locally-roasted beans from across the river in Vermont, as well as homemade spinach and feta biscuits which are magically stuffed with breakfast sandwich ingredients and are AMAZING. You may recall my obsession with the biscuits from Riverwalk Cafe in Nashua, and these are equally good, if not better. Both are worth the drive, regardless of where you’re coming from.

So, if you happen to be even remotely near Lebanon at any point in your day, definitely check out Lucky’s for a really good cup of coffee, amazing sandwich, and top notch ambiance. They are located at 1 North Park Street, Lebanon, NH and open 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Sunday.

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at eatdrinkplay@stayworkplay.org to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in our “Eat Drink Play” blog posts.

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