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Destination: Dog Lane Cafe – Storrs, Connecticut

Posted on May 26, 2015

Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett      Dog Lane Cafe at Storrs Center in Connecticut was a show of good faith that has become a success. Located across the road from the main University of Connecticut campus which is tucked into the rural Connecticut countryside, this European/American style cafe holds the anchor spot for the still relatively new mixed use center, that back in 2005 was said to have been struggling to attract tenants. On the day of my recent visit, the cafe was bustling with students and adults – attracting the latter by design.   Brothers Barry and Brian Jessurum, business partners in Dog Lane Cafe’s sister restaurants, the hugely popular Vanilla Bean in Pomfret, and 85 Main in Putnam, reportedly…

Destination: Cozy “Vanilla Bean Cafe” in Pomfret, Connecticut

Posted on October 28, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Perched on one of the coziest of New England four corners is the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, Connecticut. The beauty of the drive here alone is worth the trip, along scenic country roads – some are officially designated “scenic”. Upon arrival it is clear this cafe is something special. With a clientele ranging from preppies to couples, families, and cordial bikers sporting a bevy of Harley-Davidsons, everyone can feel comfortable at the Vanilla Bean.    On a recent busy, autumn Sunday, customers waiting in line to reach the ordering counter were greeted by friendly staff inquiring whether or not it was a first time visit. They then offered a brief rundown of the day’s homemade soups.…