EATS OF ENOSBURGH – Enosburg Falls, VT.
UPDATE: Eats of Enosburg is now closed permanently.
In 1950, Mary (Larose) Bouchard and her husband Henry renovated their home on Main Street in Enosburg Falls, Vermont and opened the Ideal Café. For nearly a decade, the Ideal Café was one of Franklin county’s most notable eateries. But what brought Mary and her cooking to prominence was her famed donuts. For years she baked and delivered her signature donuts to local grocery stores. Tragically, her husband suffered a debilitating stroke, leaving Mary to run the restaurant alone while raising a family and taking care of her ailing husband. In spite of the challenges, Mary pressed on with the family business choosing to sharpen her focus, launching her own brand as Mary’s Donuts.
In 1976 Albert Larose bought the restaurant and changed things up, converting The Ideal Café to the Wagon Wheel. Over the years, the family passed ownership and changed names until Albert’s grandson, Justin, returned to Enosburg Falls to open EATS of Enosburgh.
Justin Larose, a native to Enosburgh, was not the heir apparent to the family’s restaurant legacy. Showing promise as a photographer, Justin’s English teacher, Trish Woodward, left Vermont to study his craft in Atlanta, Georgia. He went on to gain experience in commercial and fashion photography and later relocated to New York City where he worked for George Land Studios. Later he returned to Atlanta to work as a staff photographer for Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) and went on to utilize his skills for CNN, Atlanta Braves, Cartoon Network, TNT, and other networks owned by TBS, Inc.
Justin enjoyed the experience but felt unfulfilled. After some traveling, he chose to return to his hometown in Enosburg Falls where he took work at The Parkside Grill. According to Justin, he had “fallen in love with cooking” and decided to take his place in the family’s legacy and open a restaurant of his own. He also set on reviving Mary’s Donuts, using the same family recipe that made Mary’s Donuts a Franklin County staple during the 1950s. The name for his venture was inspired by John Steinbeck’s “magnum opus” East of Eden, which tells the tales of farmers, bankers and immigrant workers. As Justin explains, he hopes that EATS of Enosburgh will become regarded as a magnum opus of cuisine situated right at the heart of his hometown.
Within just a year of opening, Eats of Enosburg became one of the best reviewed new restaurants in Franklin County.