July 18, 2017

White River Junction’s Tip Top Cafe has become Thyme



WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — After more than 15 years as a premiere dining destination in White River Junction VT, the Tip Top Café has changed its name to Thyme. To correspond with the name change, owner Eileen McGuckin, who purchased the restaurant in 2013, will begin offering the summer menu. Hours and staff will remain the same.
The new name is an acknowledgement that the restaurant has grown over the years in ways that make it more than a café. It has become a full-fledged restaurant with professional service and a sophisticated menu. It works hard to source local ingredients; the daily specials are based on what is in season and available in the Upper Valley markets and farms. The restaurant is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network-Farm and Chef Partnership.
The Tip Top Café began when developer Matt Bucy started the renovation of the Tip Top Building in 2001. He was approached by John Quimby, former chef-owner of the Middlebrook Restaurant in Fairlee VT, about adding a restaurant to the site. The Café originally served simple food and had counter service. In 2004, chef Bruce McCloud took over the restaurant and renamed it Low Brow. 2005 saw a return to its original appellation—Tip Top Café—when Eric Hartling bought the business. McGuckin served as the Tip Top’s manager for 5 years until she purchased the business from Hartling in August, 2013.
McGuckin views the name change as bringing a new energy to the restaurant, and one that corresponds with the burgeoning art and foodie scene that has been underway in White River Junction for the past several years. McGuckin’s is among many White River Junction businesses–some more recently opened–that are owned by women.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Eileen McGuckin at 603-381-3138 or email at thyme.wrj.vt@gmail.com.

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