Jay couple opening restaurant in Farmington

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FARMINGTON – Ever since they met and fell in love while working at the Irving Mainway in 2000, Chong and Patrick Boivin dreamed of opening their own restaurant together.

Late last year, after Family Fare restaurant on Route 4 closed, they got their chance. Friends with then-owner Janet Diaz, they were approached about first leasing, and later buying the building. The purchase was finalized Dec. 28.

Chong and Patrick plan to open Boivin’s Harvest House Restaurant on Valentine’s Day, if not earlier, they said Thursday.

“We’ve always dreamed to opening a restaurant,” she said. The couple, who live in Jay, married in 2002, she said. She worked for a long time as a waitress and hostess at the Mainway, while Boivin worked for nearly 20 years as manager and cook.

He’ll be the head chef at Harvest House, he said.

In their spare time, they’ve been working up recipes and on their unnamed signature dish. Most of the restaurant’s menu has already been decided, Chong said.

“Breakfast is going to be available all day,” she said.

“We’ll have a breakfast buffet on the weekends, family specials, steak, seafood, and pastas.” It’ll be a family restaurant, Patrick said.

On Thursday, major renovations were going on all over the building. It will be an extremely clean place, she said.

“I want people to know that’s very important to us,” she said.

The Boivins haven’t started hiring cooks, dishwashers and waitstaff yet, but they plan to have between 25 and 30 people on the payroll before opening day. “We want to time (the ads) right,” Patrick said. But, he added, anybody who’s interested in a job is welcome to come by any time and apply in person.

They’ve already hired some locals. Rodney LaPlante of Jay is doing renovations, and other local businesses are also in on the rehab.

“We’d like to keep hiring local people,” Patrick Boivin said. “We like to support each other,” said Chong.

The restaurant will be open seven days a week. In the winter, hours will be from 6 a.m until 10 p.m. For more information, phone 778-6880.

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