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Phnom Penh is opening in the former Polka Dot building in WRJ on Monday

The Polka Dot building in White River Junction, Vt., on May 8, 2018, is one of the properties owned by developer Mike Davidson’s Execusuite. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Via an email from property manager Tim Sidore:

Phnom Penh Sandwich Station and Execusuite, LLC are thrilled to announce the restaurant is ready to open this coming Monday, Nov. 5. Sarin Tin, the proprietor of Phnom Penh, looks forward to meeting the WRJ community. Located at the historic Polka Dot building, Phnom Penh will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stop in and enjoy delicious Cambodian food and local craft beers.

 

Redeveloper/owner Mike Davidson said:

 

“It has been gratifying to see the collaboration between Sarin and our Execusuite manager Tim Sidore in the effort to restore this landmark. It was a lot of hard work, but they got it done! We are excited to see this corner add life to the downtown streetscape.”

Unfortunately I don’t have a more recent photo just yet (if you got one that we can use, sent it our way at uvindex@vnews.com!) but here’s some video of the old sign coming down and the new sign going up in August:

Phnom Penh Sandwich Station to open a second location in the Polka Dot Restaurant building in WRJ

The Polka Dot building in White River Junction, Vt., on May 8, 2018, is one of the properties owned by developer Mike Davidson’s Execusuite. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

One more thing after our away message announcing that we’re off until June 4, bc it’s BREAKING SANDWICH NEWS:

· White River Junction is getting a Cambodian sandwich shop in the old Polka Dot diner building.

· Phnom Penh Sandwich Station, which already has a building in downtown Lebanon, plans to open a second spot.

· They have signed a lease and hope to open later this summer.

The team behind developer Mike Davidson, who manages properties under the LLC Execusuite that bought the long-shuttered Polka Dot earlier this year, said as much in an email to Valley News business reporter John Lippman this afternoon. Execusuite won site development plan approval last month from the Hartford Planning Commission.

“Welcoming yet another family business to Downtown WRJ is a source of pride for our entire team,” said Tim Sidore, general manager of Ledgeworks, which manages Execusuite commercial and residential properties in White River Junction and Lebanon. “We’ve worked hard to bring a diverse collection of dining,entertainment and housing options to Hartford and Sarin Tin’s operation will be a welcome addition!”

Phnom Penh Sandwich Station is owned and run by the wife-and-husband team Lay Yi of Sarin Tin, who began selling their Cambodian-style sandwiches at the Hanover Farmers Market in 2016 and then from a food truck (way before food trucks were cool in the Upper Valley) before finally graduating to their own storefront on High Street in Lebanon last year. (Also, it’s home to one of my favorite sandwiches in the Upper Valley — the Phnom Penh sandwich with tofu — so there’s that.)

Davidson, who owns a cluster of commercial and residential properties along South Main Street in White River Junction, bought The Polka Dot diner building from previous owner Mary Shatney for $90,000 in February.

(No word yet on whether Polka Dot will be incorporated into the name of the second location. Sidore has previously said the company was searching for a tenant who would keep “Polka Dot.”)

Sreang Tin cooks over the grill in Phnom Penh Sandwich Station on May 19, 2016, in Lebanon, N.H. Lay Yi his daughter-in-law works beside him. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Here is Sidore’s email to the Valley News in full:

Execusuite, LLC and Phnom Penh Sandwiches Station, LLC of Lebanon are excited to announce they have signed a lease agreement for the iconic Polka Dot Restaurant space in downtown White River Junction. Phnom Penh’s array of authentic Cambodian food has proven to be a winner in Lebanon, and their second location will be a welcome addition to the Vermont side of the river.

 

Execusuite and Ledgeworks, Inc, area redeveloper Mike Davidson’s real estate holding and management companies, respectively, are proud to restore this beloved jewel of WRJ’s past. Resisting calls to raze the former diner, the Polka Dot now becomes Davidson’s latest restoration. Recent projects include the conversions of the former Lebanon Junior High School, College Cleaners, and Roy’s Gulf Station (now Lucky’s Coffee Garage).

 

Welcoming yet another family business to Downtown WRJ is a source of pride for our entire team. We’ve worked hard to bring a diverse collection of dining, entertainment and housing options to Hartford and Sarin Tin’s operation will be a welcome addition!

 

Work is already underway at the Polka Dot, including replacement of the heating and electrical systems, expansion and remodeling of the bathrooms, and interior/exterior repairs and restoration. Sarin Tin, the proprietor, anticipates opening for business later this summer and looks forward to meeting the WRJ community. In the meantime, he looks forward to welcoming you to his Lebanon restaurant!

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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.”