McCarthy’s Restaurant in Stowe celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. The landmark breakfast and lunch spot has been located at 454 Mountain Road since it moved across the street to the old Sister Kate’s location in 1985.
Owner Diane McCarthy recalls the early days: “I took a picture of the first guy that came in. … I didn’t think we’d make it.” Forty years and as many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations later, the business is still going strong, beloved by locals and out-of-towners alike.
The town retains its reputation as a “ski mecca,” but the clientele has calmed down since the party days of the 1970s and ’80s, says McCarthy, and she has seen multiple generations grow up — and grow old — at the restaurant. John Cassel played piano on Sunday nights; Anabel Moriarty served breakfast. “People would come in for breakfast after dancing all night at the Baggy Knees,” laughs McCarthy. “It was crazy.”
McCarthy was named Stowe Business Person of the Year in 2010.
The restaurant will celebrate in the community with a scavenger hunt of sorts — look for hidden clues around town that will lead to tasty prizes. Mccarthysrestaurantstowe.com.