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History, family abound at Mary’s Fireside Inn

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By Alex Simmons

Mary’s Fireside Inn, located just outside of Springville at 12133 Vaughn St. in East Concord, is an original farmhouse built in 1840. When entering the farmhouse you can still see the original pipe notches of where the old gas lights used to be.
In 2013, the Fireside Inn was purchased by its present owner, Mary Marlow. The name was changed to Mary’s Fireside Inn, a family owned and operated business.
The head bartender is Mary’s son, Nick, and the head line cook is Mary’s daughter, Juliana.  Mary herself is not only the owner but a chef as well.
The importance of family is key for Mary. “A lot of old family recipes are used in the restaurant.”
In the early 1900s, a barn was placed and attached to the east wall where it served as a giant woodshed/shelter for years. Then in the early 1960s, the main barn was destroyed by fire and had become vacant for four years.
In the early 1970s, the property was purchased by the manager of Larry’s Place, who had been leasing a bar diagonally across the street. The woodshed was enclosed to become the new dining area.
At this time, the new grand fireplace was being built by Chris Cooke using stone from nearby fields, and the building was slowly transforming into a restaurant. The bar, coolers and other fixtures were moved from the original building and eventually Larry’s Place became a bar and restaurant.
In the mid 1970s the building was sold again and became Rick’s Steak House. In 1977, the restaurant officially became Fireside Inn with a reputation for a “warm atmosphere and great service.”
At Mary’s you can order a variety of meals from pasta to seafood, hamburgers to soup and salad just to name a few. Make sure to leave room for one of the many delicious homemade desserts!
Mary’s Fireside Inn, puts a strong focus on using locally grown food including herbs from the restaurant’s own garden. Maple products, fruits, vegetables and meats are purchased from local farms with the seasons permitting.
“We believe in supporting local farms and small businesses,” Mary said.
Menu items are made to order from scratch and are allergy friendly. Every item on the menu can be prepared gluten-free.
Special nights include Wednesday’s Seafood night until Aug. 21 and Thursday’s Polish nights beginning in September.
Mary’s Fireside Inn is open most holidays including Valentines Day, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Halloween Extravaganza, Thanksgiving, the Christmas season and New Year’s Eve, with special menus, buffets and unique offerings for any celebration.
There are also other special occasions happening at Mary’s which include:
High Tea, done by reservation or at any of their monthly themed tea parties. Each party includes a three-course luncheon with tea sandwiches, scones, homemade jams, butters, tea breads, desserts and, of course, tea! Any size group accomidable.
Private Parties, such as luncheons, bridal showers, baby showers, weddings or club banquets at anytime throughout the year. They also do catering for any type of event.
Harry Potter weekends throughout the year, based on foods from the popular book series. More information available on their Facebook page.
Mary’s Fireside Inn is not open Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Black Friday, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
No matter the time or day you visit, “everyday is a special occasion!”
Mary’s Fireside Inn is open Wednesday through Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Kitchen closes half-hour early.
For more information, visit www.marysfiresideinn.com or call 592-9979.

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