Common Man Claremont
After more than a year of careful restoration of what had been defunct mills on the banks of the Sugar River in Claremont, the Common Man is proud to announce the opening of two of its newest family members - The Common Man restaurant and The Common Man Inn in Claremont.
Ground broke on the restaurant and Inn projects on the banks of the Sugar River in Claremont, NH on May 28, 2008, and just over a year later, the Inn hosted its first guests on June 5, 2009 and the restaurant served our first guests on June 12, 2009.
The historic Monadnock Mill #2 & #6, one of four mill buildings being redeveloped in downtown Claremont is now the home of several new businesses to the city, including Red River Computer Company and the Common Man Inn. The Common Man restaurant opened in the Woven Label building, an abutting mill that now sits across a newly-landscaped courtyard and has a covered walkway leading to the Inn.
ReArch Company LLC of South Burlington, VT, was the construction manager of the project, with President Bert DeLaBruere taking the lead. Ross Currier of Conneston Construction, Inc. of Laconia, NH, provided construction management for the Common Man Inn and restaurant. Because of the importance of the historic fabric of the building, subcontractors involved in the lead paint removal, frame restoration and masonry had significant involvement in the renovation.
Monadnock Mill #2 was built in 1853 and was originally used for weaving and spinning cotton and linen textiles. Mill #6 was constructed in 1915 and is connected to Mill #2 on all floors. Mill #2 & #6 has received certification as a national historic building, and was renovated in accordance with preservation standards established by the National Park Service. Architects involved in the project included Chris Kennedy and Doug Sonsalla from UK Architects in Hanover and Karollina Jablonska-Burtt of The Architectural Studio in Enfield.
Red River Computer Company, an information technology solutions provider, has been recognized for three consecutive years by Business NH Magazine as one of the top 100 private companies in the state. They were previously headquartered in Lebanon, and have additional regional offices in Virginia and California. The Red River partners include Richard Mann, Nick Anderle, and Rick Bolduc.
Alex Ray and Rusty McLear, whose partnership forms the hospitality use in the project, feel that the Common Man Inn will satisfy a need in Claremont and provide a special experience. “Our studies indicated that the community could use more guest rooms to meet the needs of visitors and tourists in the area," said Ray. "The Common Man Inn rooms, which will be located on the lower two levels of the Mill on the Sugar River, make the Inn an interesting and unique destination.”
According to Ray, “We are pleased to come to Claremont by renovating the mills to make our new homes. We are hoping to provide a full hospitality package in an historic urban neighborhood.”
“The partnership with Red River Computer Co. and the Common Man was a critical element to the success of the project,” according to John Illick of Sugar River Mills Redevelopment LLC. “A project of this scope needs more then a developer interested in renovating an historic building; it also requires businesses to occupy and participate in the process. It would have been very difficult to go through a historic review process to attain the preservation tax credits without knowing the use and architectural interests of the businesses that would operate in the Mill. The City of Claremont has also been an important part of this team, providing critical support from many of its departments as well as the needed public works projects in the mill area.”
“Claremont only moves forward now, and we will never forget the confidence that this business team has placed in us," said Claremont City Manager Guy Santagate. "We welcome John Illick, Red River Computer Co. and the Common Man Restaurant and Inn, and thank them for becoming an integral part of our vision for the future of the City.”
Primary Cuisine: American
21 Water St.