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Name tells you right where to find new 405 Pub & Grill on Union Ave. in Laconia

LACONIA — Dave Henrick and Yvette Imhof made their entree into the restaurant industry about two years ago, moving into a vacated doughnut shop on upper Union Avenue and opening Lakeside Famous Roast Beef. On a strip of road heavily settled with pizza, burger and sub shops, Lakeside made itself known among casual diners and lunch-on-the-run types as the place to go for a satisfying, comforting bite and personable service. This week, Imhof and Henrick are lifting the curtain on their second act, the 405 Pub & Grill, located about a mile and a half down Union Avenue (#405) from Lakeside.
Like Lakeside, the 405 Pub & Grill is taking residence in a building that has sat vacant for several years. And, like at their first restaurant, the food at the 405 will bear the trademarks that Imhof and Henrick pride themselves on: a from-scratch menu where every dish is created using top-quality ingredients. Henrick's personal recipe for marinara will again be employed, as will Imhof's Alfredo sauce and clam chowder. However, for the 405, they've brought in a new expert member of the team, James Bennett, whose credentials include a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and decades of experience.
The 405 opened earlier this week with a limited menu, the full range of dishes will be available by the weekend. "We do scratch only, everything from scratch," pledged Bennett. "We're all about New American and pub fare, great dishes using local ingredients and fresh seafood."
With a bar area featuring several large-screen televisions, the menu offers wings, nachos and onion rings for those interested in watching a ball game. Yet, there's also two dining rooms, and for patrons more at home at one of those tables, there will be steak tips, pasta dishes, seafood and, on Fridays and Saturdays, prime rib available in either 14 or 22 ounce cuts. Bridging the gap between those ends of the spectrum are burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas. In addition to the regular menu, Bennett plans to concoct changing specials that highlight the best of what the season has to offer.
As much effort that has gone into the menu, an equal amount went into the interior design of the restaurant. Henrick and Imhof spent many late nights at the 405, working after closing the Lakeside, to help give the space a complete, top-to-bottom modernization. Much of the labor was provided by their hands, though they also engaged the services of Bruce Stone of Daily Wood Concepts for the finer details. "We had to gut it," said Henrick, though he took care to salvage a few elements from previous inhabitants of the space, such as mirrored glass, a two-way service door, a brass rail on the bar..
With the success of Lakeside, Imhof and Henrick could have chosen to relax while the pizza and roast beef profits accumulated. However, that's just not their style.
"I always thought that Laconia would be a great place to have a great local pub and grill, that had a nice, comfortable feel to it," said Henrick. "We chose to take on this project and reinvest in the community." At the 405, he said, "You'll have great comfort food here along with great service."
The 405 Pub & Grill is open for lunch and dinner, every day of the year.


Yvette Imhof and Dave Henrick opened the 405 Pub & Grill this week on Union Avenue in Laconia. It's the second restaurant the couple has opened in a previously vacant building in the city. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 03:52

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Belmont widow receives husband's Korean War medals

BELMONT — When Betty's Brown uncle passed away in September, she thought a cedar shadow box commemorating his military service would help ease the pain felt by her grieving aunt Grace Brooks.

With his burial flag in hand, Brown called her aunt and asked for her uncle's service medals, but her aunt didn't know where they were. She said all she could find was one old medal.

Undeterred, Brown said she called the one person she knew could help her get Robert J. Brooks Sr.'s medals — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

"She's the best person," said Brown of Ossipee. "She knows how to get things done."

Brown's thoughtful gift and her efforts lead to a special visit yesterday from Shea-Porter, who came to Belmont Town Hall to present Grace Brooks with the three medals earned by Robert J. Brooks Sr. while serving with the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

During his service, Brooks earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Medal. He also earned three battle stars during his year of active duty.

Brooks returned from Korea and went to work at the Laconia Shoe Company — where he met Grace — his bride for 56 years.

"We dated for five years," said Grace Brooks, who said her favorite memory of her husband was his fishing trips when he went in search of "Walter" — the big fish who always managed to get away.

She said her late husband was a quiet but funny man who was a licensed CB operator who especially loved being outdoors.

Shea Porter, who serves on the Armed Services Committee and is the daughter of a WWII veteran, said she was in Belmont to thank Grace, her husband and all of the veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

She said South Korea's prosperity today can in part be credited to the sacrifices and military service of people like Grace's late husband.

In return, Grace made Shea-Porter a loaf of her home-made banana bread — one of her late husband's favorite things to eat.


CAPTION (Carol Shea Porter) Services medals were presented yesterday to the widow of Robert J. Brooks Sr. in conference room of the Belmont Town Hall yesterday. Form left to right are Susan Cutler (Brooks's daughter), Grace Brooks, Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter, and Congressional Aid Olga Clough. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

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Woman accused of cutting man & smashing his car window

LACONIA — City police arrested a Court Street woman yesterday morning for allegedly cutting a man with a steak knife and using a rock to smash his car window.

Police said Myranda Clifton, 29, of 240 Court St. was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of criminal mischief.

Clifton was held on initially held on $2,000 cash bail and was able to post it yesterday afternoon.

Police said the male victim sustained a minor cut on one of his arms and his car window was smashed.





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Football players hope Belmont will have co-op team by time they get to high school

BELMONT — The Friends of Belmont Football, a group of parents who joined together two years ago in an effort to find a way for their sons to be able to play football at the high school level, are stepping up to the plate in an effort to make that happen.
Boys from Belmont are able to play in the Gilford Youth Football league, as well as Laconia Youth Football, but are without a team when they reach high school.
''We're concentrating on it. We're out raising money so that we can fund our portion of the program in a cooperative football team,'' says Eric Shirley, who is the president of the non-profit organization which has been formed to support that effort.
He said that the group is in ''a full fundraising mode'' and is planning to sell Christmas trees at the Gates Farm on Rte. 106 and will hold 50-50 raffles and sell calendars. It has applied for a non-profit status with the IRS, a status which it hopes it will soon achieve.
Shirley said that donations are being sought from businesses and individuals and that one fundraiser is already underway at the Belmont Village Store, where proceeds from the sale of 99 cent breakfast sandwiches are being donated to the drive.
''There are a lot of young people already active in youth football programs in other communities and we feel an obligation to get them a place to play,'' says Shirley.
The group has met with the Shaker School Board, which has undertaken discussions with the Gilford School Board about a joint effort, and Shirley says that in order for that to be considered the Friends group will have to demonstrate that it is financially viable.

Shirley, who grew up in Lynn, Mass. and played football in college, credits the sport and his coaches for helping shape his character. Now, as a father and state trooper, he sees football as a positive outlet for boys, a way for them to expend the energy and aggression that marks teenage years. "That needs to be channeled in productive ways."
His son, Nate, 11, plays in the Gilford Youth Football League, one of about a half dozen Belmont students playing for Gilford's Snowbelt League team.
Shirley said his son loves football and wants to play able to play it alt the high school level. But that's years away and there's a more urgent matter for the group, finding a high school that will form a cooperative team with Belmont High School which will allow a number of talented eighth graders currently playing for the Gilford Silver Hawks to continue to play football.
''We want to find a way to make it happen by next year,'' says Mark Forgione, whose son Mark Jr. plays for the Silver Hawks.
Forgione says that for years the Gilford and Shaker school districts have fielded a cooperative Belmont-Gilford ice hockey team that plays out of the Laconia Ice Arena.
''That's our model and we'll work with any school district that will work with us to make it happen,'' says Forgione. ''We're pretty passionate about it and at this point we want to make more people aware of what we're hoping to achieve.''
Forgione's son, Mark, an eighth grader who is in his first year of playing football, says ''It's nothing like I've ever done before. It's a whole new experience and I don't want to see all the talent we have on this team to go to waste.''
Another who could find himself without a place to play next year is 14-year-old Brandon Scheffer, who last year played on Gilford's undefeated team which won the championship by a 48-0 score and which this year has a 7-1 record and will host Kearsarge Saturday morning at 9 in championship semifinal game.
Scheffer, a defensive end and an offensive tackle, says ''I don't really care where we go. I just really enjoy playing football and want to continue.''
Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith and Moultonborough Academy currently have the only cooperative high school football team in the Lakes Region.



Dillon Gansert, Tanner Wood, Nate Shirley, Brandon Scheffer and Mark Forgione, football players from Belmont, have been playing football in the Gilford but have no have no high school program to move into next year. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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