Elixir: The Last Supper
Not since D’Artagnan’s closed a few decades ago have I felt the ending of a local restaurant so keenly. Judging from the crowd packed around tables in Elixir’s dining room Thursday night, I am not alone. Much of the Upper Valley wants a chance to say farewell to Elixir in the best way possible. In my case, that meant beginning with an expertly mixed cosmo and a shared order of their famed truffled fries with roasted shallot aioli.
Thirteen years of Elixir: upscale menu, urban chic ambience that honored its White River Junction location, windows that framed a view of the railroad track and maybe a moving train. And always, owners Skip Symanski and/or Jane Carrier at the door, welcoming you in and then offering a heartfelt thank you as you left.
In response to the closing, comments on social media are the stuff of a bittersweet goodbye, lamenting the shuttering of a favorite restaurant filled with memories—of anniversaries and birthdays, Northern Stage opening nights and first dates— and of course, expressing gratitude and all good wishes for Skip and Jane.
Elixir will be serving its last dinner on April 2. If you can, try to snag a window table, order a cocktail, and sit back and reminisce one last time.
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