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Polka Dot Diner takes a step toward reopening; former West Lebanon Library building for sale

The Polka Dot Diner is seen on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The Polka Dot diner building is a step closer to reopening after its new owner won site development plan approval on Monday night from the Hartford Planning Commission.

The move could lead to a reopening of the postage stamp-sized restaurant, which closed four years ago, after interior renovations authorized by the site plan are done.

Reopening the Polka Dot building roughly will follow the opening of two other new storefronts on North Main Street: Little Istanbul, a shop owned by Tuckerbox owners Jackie and Vural Oktay that will sell imported items and handcrafts from Turkey; and Juel Juice & Smoothies, a juice and smoothie bar owned by Julie Sumanis and Elena Taylor, who operate a juice cart of the same name.

One of the interior views of the former West Lebanon Library, which developer David Clem has on the market for $795,000. (Courtesy Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group)

Right across the river, developer David Clem has again placed the old West Lebanon Library building on the market, after an earlier attempt failed to attract a buyer.

The building on Main Street was listed earlier this month with a $795,000 asking price, and is being marketed as an “incredible office for an assortment of businesses, especially for a doctor, attorney or thriving tech company.”

Hold on to your hats: Lebanon is planning a food truck festival in June

I wouldn’t lie to you.

From the city website:

Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department is currently accepting applications for the Lebanon Food Truck Festival. The festival showcases the variety of food trucks the region has to offer, as well as support the small business owners who run them.


Spend your Friday night with dinner from a variety of New England food trucks, drinks from Salt hill Pub and musical entertainment by Brooks Hubbard Band!


Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Location: Colburn Park (West Side), Lebanon

Applications are due by March 9. Click here to apply.

New mobile juice and smoothies business plans to debut at WRJ First Friday

Photo courtesy JUEL Juice + Smoothies.

Following up on yesterday’s breaking food truck news about Taco’s Tacos in downtown Lebanon, we bring you reports of a new juice and smoothie trailer debuting at First Friday in White River Junction tomorrow night. JUEL Juice + Smoothies will be parked in front of River City Machine (on North Main Street, near Thyme, which is the restaurant f/k/a Tip Top).

Look at this lil’ guy go! Weeeeee.

According to their Facebook page, JUEL will bring fresh pressed juices and whole-food smoothies to the Upper Valley “via our remodeled vintage Shasta trailer.” We’ll be sure to try to check ’em out tomorrow night and learn a little more about the business. Stay tuned.

The new food truck Taco’s Tacos is in Leb full-time starting this week

Taco’s Tacos, a new food truck run by Eduardo Moran, is seen at Colburn Park in Lebanon, N.H., on Aug. 2, 2017. (Valley News – Maggie Cassidy)

Eduardo Moran says this is his first full week (Monday through Friday) joining the food truck crowd at Colburn Park since he debuted Taco’s Tacos in this sweet little minty-fresh camper earlier this summer.

A couple quick lil’ nuggets, most of which I learned while gobbling up my first two Taco’s Tacos tacos (tacos!) this afternoon:

1. Eduardo graduated from Lebanon High, Class of ’05. He’s never run a food truck like this before but has worked in kitchens all his life, he said.

2. He opens up shop about 11:30 a.m. and is there until about 4:30 in the afternoon or so — or until he runs out of tacos.

3. The sign was created by local artist Brian Barthelmes, a tattooer at Vintage Soul Tattoo in White River Junction.

4. This taco holding tacos is his logo, so that’s obviously great.

5. Eduardo’s got a simple, straightforward menu, which is pretty much exactly what I want in a food truck, personally. Today’s board had three kinds of tacos — beef, chicken and black bean, each of them $3 apiece. The black bean tacos are available vegetarian or vegan and are super good (verified).

6. He lets you know when he’s starting to run out of tacos, which is key.

7. Taco’s Tacos joins a pretty neat little crew of food trucks downtown these days. Today it included Boisvert’s Curbside Kitchen and a hot dog stand. (Phnom Penh Sandwich Station, which we wrote about when it debuted last year, used to make the rounds, but now has a brick-and-mortar store down the street.)

8. People. are. pumped.