OVRCC welcomes new Free Range Restaurant owner

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OVRCC hosts ribbon cutting for new owner of The Free Range Restaurant. Photo by Donald Dill.

CHESTER, Vt. – The Free Range Restaurant in Chester has a new owner. On Oct. 1, 2018, Chef Jason Tostrup, longtime local chef and pioneer of local foods in the area, purchased the restaurant from Anne and Rick Paterno. The Paternos purchased the historic building four years ago and created the “Free Range concept” along with a major remodel of the building. The remodel of the historic Victorian home has brought pride back to the location.

Chef Tostrup came on board in 2017 as managing partner with intentions to purchase the establishment. Tostrup is looking forward to joining the local business community and feels tremendously fortunate to be fulfilling his lifelong dream to own his own restaurant.

Tostrup plans to keep the “Free Range concept,” which focuses on fresh and local foods in a relaxed dining atmosphere. Tostrup brings a great new energy to the business and has over 25 years of professional restaurant experience.

Tostrup sees a big opportunity to provide several different catering opportunities to the area, big or small. Tostrup is very excited about setting the dates for his artisan dinner series. He is known for these special dinners and excited to bring them to The Free Range.

With great joy, we invite you to stop by the restaurant and congratulate Chef Jason.

The Free Range Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and serves lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. Call 802-875-3346 or visit us online at www.thefreerangevt.com or email thefreerangevt@gmail.com.

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