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Workers at Perk on Main, (from left) Lisa Rand, Tina Maxi, Suzy Balay, and Jennifer Sobolewski, greet patrons on a recent morning.|(Mark Dionne\Town Times.)

Perk on Main featured in CT magazine


For the second time in 2014, Connecticut magazine put a spotlight on Perk on Main, the restaurant and coffee shop that has served as an eating and meeting destination on Main Street in Durham for 12 years.

In its 2013 Best of Connecticut issue, the magazine listed Perk on Main - called “Perk” most places but print - as a “worthy place to consider.”

The April, 2014 issue, with the “Top Docs” cover, devotes a full page feature to praises of Perk on Main and its sister restaurant, Guilford’s Perk on Church.

Katie Hughes, owner of the Perk restaurants, told the Town Times that she believes Douglas Clement, the article’s author, frequented Perk on Main when he was in the area for a different assignment and later checked out Perk on Church with a group from the magazine.

The article spotlights the versatility of Perk on Main, calling it “a restaurant that can simultaneously be different places to different types of guests, and do it all well.” Clement describes Perk’s change from coffee stop in the morning to cozy dinner scene in the evening.

Hughes said she thought the article depicted Perk accurately. “We focus on being the community gathering place. I was really happy to see that was received and that feels true,” Hughes said.

The article closes with instructions. “Seek out Perk; it will surely be one of your favorite Connecticut dining discoveries.” If those instructions don’t draw new patrons, the photographs of the signature crepes accompanying the article might.

Hughes, whose coffee research in Mexico was recently described in the Town Times, said that soon after any media coverage, new and returning customers will come into Perk commenting on what they have just read.



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