Restaurant opens on 101

WILTON – Ed and Maggie Goss, owners of the new Oliver’s Restaurant on Route 101 in West Wilton, officially opened the business on Thursday, Jan. 27, although they have been catering to full houses for several weeks.

They held a grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 28.

“This is awesome,” Ed Goss said as he and his wife prepared to use a pair of oversized scissors to ceremonially cut the red ribbon stretched across the door. “I’m so excited.”

Dozens of well-wishers crowded the parking lot.

Their restaurant is the former Gary’s, which occupied the site from 1976 until last year. It is currently open for breakfast and lunch, but may open for dinners at a later date.

The restaurant offers traditional dining, “healthy comfort food,” Ed Goss said. “I’m Polish-Italian, and some of that might influence it somewhat.”

The restaurant is their first venture into the field.

“I got laid off from my corporate job,” Goss said last fall during the renovations. “I couldn’t find anything in my field.”

He added, “I really wanted to run a bakery or a restaurant, so when this place came up for sale, we went for it.”

That meant a renovation of the building into a bright cheerful space.

The Gosses have live in West Wilton for more than three years – “Thirty seconds away,” he said.

The restaurant also features the work of a local artist.

“For a month or two at a time,” Maggie Goss said. “The artist gets exposure and you buy the works.”

The current artist is Amy McGregor-Radin, of Needham, Mass, who produces a variety of white line woodcuts and mixed media.

The ribbon cutting was organized by the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce. It was attended by President Tracey Bardsley and members of her staff, as well as representatives of numerous other businesses in the area.

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