Little Rooster struts down the street

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MANCHESTER — The Little Rooster Cafe has a new location to crow about after moving just down the street a little.

After being forced to close like other restaurants in March due to COVID-19, Anya Lincks, who owns the Little Rooster with her parents Karen and John Traverse, said her plans to relocated got a little more complicated.

"I was planning on moving when my lease was up at the end of June," Lincks said.

Her new location was a butcher shop and she had to build the new location from the floor up.

Lincks said she was able to use a lot of old barn wood and the decor gives off a rustic feel while still being modern.

"People say, 'you moved the restaurant but we get the same feel,'" Lincks said.

Lincks said she was in the old spot for more than 15 years. With a 10-year lease signed she expects to stay put for many years.

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"We have the same great food," she said. "Super fresh and as local as possible. I love what I do and love to see people smile when I make them good food."

She brought her staff with her to the new location at 4764 Main St. in Manchester is across the street from GAP and between the Vermont Kitchen Supply Store and Marimekko.

Lincks said she loves her new location and the willingness of businesses to send people to her restaurant for breakfast or lunch, and she's happy to send her customers to shop after they eat or if they're waiting for a table.

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The menu is very close to the same and is well-known for breakfast offerings like her pancakes, and corned beef hash, which was featured on the Rachel Ray show on the Food Network.

Her more popular lunch items include a nicoise salad with tuna or salmon, a black Russian sandwich made with smoked beef brisket, and french onion soup.

"Everything we do, we make fresh," Lincks said. "We pride ourselves on having super fresh food. Everything is made to order."

One big change is breakfast is available all day now.

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Lincks reopened the business Aug. 8 and said business has been good.

"It's been very busy since we opened," she said. "Even the slower days are steady. There's a lot of new people in the area which is great for the local businesses."

The Little Rooster is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday to Tuesday, closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Lincks earned a bachelor's degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and then got advanced training in baking and pastry arts.

She's been in Vermont since 1996 working in the area and opened the Little Rooster 15 years ago.

Contact Darren Marcy at or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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