KERSEY — A familiar establishment reopened their doors recently with new ownership. Gentleman Tom’s Hideaway had a soft opening midway through June under the guidance of new owners Keith and Trisha Foor.
The business had a strong following under previous owner Tom Fritts, who purchased it in 1999, operating it until his death.
“Tom ran it as a hobby,” said Keith Foor. “He wasn’t worried about how much money her could make but wanted a place for friends and family to come together and socialize. He was a true gentleman and this place became known for its good food, affordable drinks and as a nice place to get together.”
After Fritt’s passing, sons Dan and Gary Fritts and their wives kept the business open for a short while, but ultimately decided to sell it. Keith Foor, who had worked part-time at the Lighthouse in Hebron, became interested. His wife Trisha, who is an assistant manager at a nearby truck stop jumped in to help. Keith is an ironworker for Local 395. Both are products of the Lowell School System and live in Hebron.
With the family’s blessing, the Foor decided to keep the Name “Gentleman Tom’s Hideaway” to honor Fritts and have even started a wall of Tom Fritts memorabilia to keep his memory alive. They are even asking for anyone who might have pictures taken there over the years to bring them in.
Keith Foor, whose nickname is Barney, related that his friends started calling the bar and grill, Barney’s Place at Gentleman Tom’s Hideaway but he reminds them it is just Gentleman Tom’s.
They plan on continuing the fine food and reasonable drink prices and even hired many of the former staff, including Cheri Gilbert-Born, who Foor referred to as someone he couldn’t get by without.
Their current menu continues to offer steaks, lake perch and blue gill dinners on Friday and Saturday from 4 – 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. During the week, the establishments offers burgers, pizza and sandwiches as well as assorted other items. They are also open for lunch.
“The regulars showed up the first day we were open,” said Foor, “and sure seem happy to be back sitting in their same seats.”