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Abondante announces closing, says gift certificates will be honored

January 13, 2010
MEREDITH — A Main Street dining staple has closed its doors.

Abondante Restaurant and Abondante Baking Company on Main Street closed Jan. 1.

Both the upstairs restaurant and the Abondante Baking Company downstairs have signs on their doors announcing they have closed and thanking customers for their loyal patronage.

Owner Steve Catalano sent a letter addressed to "friends and fellow wine lovers" that the restaurant and bakery closed their doors effective Jan. 1.

"For nearly 11 years Abondante, and for almost four years, The Abondante Bakery and Main Street Wine Grotto have enjoyed a wonderful and truly pleasant relationship with you, our loyal customers," Catalano wrote. "During that time, we tried to provide the Lakes Region with a quality dinning experience unique to the area. Our bakery and wine grotto were created to provide fresh baked goods, unique wines, and a warm and friendly atmosphere."

Catalano attributed much of the restaurant's success to its staff and thanked supporters.

"We would like to thank you for your kindness and support and as we assess our situation," Catalano wrote.

Catalano wrote in the letter that arrangements are being made for the restaurant to honor its gift certificates.

Catalano's letter did not indicate a reason for why the restaurant and the bakery closed. Catalano had not returned phone messages as of press time.

Abondante was a Tuscan style trattoria that had received reviews and recognition from "Yanke Magazine," "Italian Cooking and Living," and "La Cucina Italiana," as well as a feature in "New Hampshire Magazine."

The restaurant also had a catering menu and a wine grotto with private wine tasting and wine tasting events. The bakery opened in 2006 serving pastries, coffee, and lunch items. The Nouveau Art Gallery opened, allowing patrons to dine surrounded by art pieces.

Fore more information on redeeming gift certificates and other questions, call 279-7177 or write to Abondante at 30 Main Street, Meredith, NH 03253.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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