First owners of Egg & I open new South Hadley Falls restaurant

  • The Talk of the Town restaurant in South Hadley. SUBMITTED PHOTO/DIANNE PERRON

  • The Talk of the Town restaurant in South Hadley. SUBMITTED PHOTO/DIANNE PERRON

  • The Talk of the Town restaurant in South Hadley. SUBMITTED PHOTO/DIANNE PERRON

Staff Writer
Published: 4/15/2019 3:54:37 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — The original owners of Egg & I have returned to their 26 Main St. roots with the opening of Talk of the Town, a new breakfast and lunch joint at their former business location of over two decades.

“We’re re-opening Talk of the Town in the same footprint” of Egg & I, said Bruce Perron, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Dianne. The couple operated Egg & I from their South Hadley Falls location between 1988 and 2012 before selling the business.

Egg & I is now owned by David Simard and located at the South Hadley Plaza on Newton Street. The restaurant left the Main Street location in Aug. 2018 and re-opened in January.

The restaurant celebrated its grand opening with 50-cent coffee and music on Saturday and Sunday, and it has since seen “a lot of new customers and a great deal of old customers,” Perron said.

Perron also coordinated the restaurant’s opening with River’s Edge Barbershop, a neighboring business that held its own grand opening over the weekend.

The openings bring two new businesses to the South Hadley Falls neighborhood, which has been the subject of revitalization efforts by the town for over 10 years. About 12 employees work at Talk of the Town, according to Perron.

Aside from the new name, Perron said that patrons can expect the same experience that they had at the original Egg & I restaurant. Dishes on the new menu include the Leaping Well BLT, named for the reservoir, the DPW Turkey Melt, the Building Commissioner’s 3-Egg Omelet, and South Hadley Electric Lite Fare, which is egg whites with mild salsa.

“We were looking to put it right back in the shape that it was in,” Perron said of Talk of the Town. “We were looking to make it a homestyle restaurant where people feel comfortable in coming, where it’s good for them and good for us.”

“The attitude is identical,” he added. “The service is identical.”

After a seven-year hiatus, Perron said that he missed the fun of the restaurant business, and fond memories motivated him to open Talk of the Town.

“We miss the people,” he said. “We miss the camaraderie, the enthusiasm of the ongoing business.”

During Egg & I’s original run, Perron said, the restaurant became “a spot for people to gather, and they discussed all kinds of things,” inspiring the name for the new restaurant.

The 26 Main St. location stands as “one of the anchors” of the South Hadley Falls business community, Perron said.

“I think we’re one of the few local restaurants that is a hometown restaurant,” he said.

Talk of the Town is open seven days a week, from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.

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