Vermont Business Magazine In 1918, the Allies declared victory in World War 1, Babe Ruth pitched 29 1/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox in the World Series, Woodrow Wilson was president, color movies were invented, and Effie Ballou opened the Wayside on the Barre-Montpelier Road. Originally just a roadside eatery, the Wayside Restaurant has withstood the test of time and is ready to celebrate its 100th Anniversary this year. In an industry where 70 percent of all restaurants fail after 10 years, the Wayside has defied the odds.
Throughout the year, there will be meal and dessert specials. In July, the actual month the Wayside opened; there will be a Customer Appreciation Party on July 29th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The Wayside Creamery will host a free Ice Cream Social and at sundown all guests will be treated to a special fireworks display! Be sure to save the date.
For those who want to learn more about the Wayside and its long history go to www.WaysideRestaurant.com . There is also a new book on sale at the restaurant commemorating their 100th Anniversary titled; It's Worth The Ride To The Wayside: Celebrating 100 Years with Anniversary Ale, Yankee Cooking and Ice Cream. And yes, the book includes several of the Wayside's delicious comfort food recipes!
100th ANNIVERSARY FACTS
Continuously Operating as a Family-Owned Restaurant Since 1918
-The Wayside Restaurant in Montpelier, Vermont, was opened by Effie Ballou as a roadside lunchtime eatery just months before the end of WWI in 1918. During a time when color movies were invented, Woodrow Wilson was president, and the Spanish Flu epidemic hit the US and Central VT, Babe Ruth pitched 29 1/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox in the World Series, and first-class stamps cost just 3 cents.
The Ballou family ran the Wayside until 1945.
-Followed by the Fish family who ran it from 1945 to 1966.
-The third and current family to run the restaurant for more than 50 years—the Galfettis (Eugene and Harriet from 1966-1998), and now the Galfetti-Zecchinelli family (Karen Galfetti Zecchinelli and Brian Zecchinelli, 1998-present).
Full Service Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery
-Open year round from 6:30am-9:30pm, with the exception of 7 holidays.
-Serving approximately 1000 meals per day, upwards of 1 million meals every 3 years.
-Yankee Cooking at its Best since 1918. A gluten-free menu is also offered.
-Full scale bakery and bakery-to-go. The Wayside is well-known for its homemade pies.
-The Creamery was established in 2014 to produce Wayside-made ice cream.
Green Restaurant—Local Commitment
According to A Century of Restaurants by Rick Brown written in 2013, “There were 240 century- old restaurants across America”. With over one million restaurants in the US, only one fraction of 1% makes it to the 100-year mark!
The Wayside’s 100th Anniversary Initiatives
July 29, 6:30-9:30pm
$20.18 prime rib dinner for two for New Year’s Eve…while it lasts!