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Garlic John’s restaurant and Italian trattoria has been a popular dining and gathering spot in Manchester, VT since the early 1970s, when it was opened by local resident, Dick Comollo. Dick later sold the restaurant to Edgar Greason, who sold it after five years to the current owners, Susan Anagnos and Frank Shattuck.
Sue and Frank have owned and operated Garlic John’s since 1981, with Sue running the kitchen and Frank overseeing the front of the house.
Over the years, they have made numerous renovations, expanding the kitchen, adding the current bar and lounge area and building the veranda providing
outdoor dining. Frank’s green thumb is responsible for all the numerous colorful flowers and plants around the property.
Sue is a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and with prior experience at restaurants in both New York and Vermont. She was pastry chef at the Patisserie/Quilted Giraffe in New Paltz, NY before it moved to Manhattan and became one of the city's top restaurants. She was also a chef at The Buttery, Wilburton Inn and Cobblestone's (now The Perfect Wife) in Manchester.
Frank comes from a family with a long history of restaurant ownership that includes the Schrafft’s chain that was popular across metropolitan New York City and the northeast during most of the 20th century. Frank also worked as a bartender at The Russian Tea Room in Manhattan and at other popular restaurants in New York and Vermont (including Cobblestone’s) before co-owning Garlic John’s with Sue.