Letter: Spencer does not lack restaurants

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 24, 2017

This letter is in response to Judy and Doug Schenk’s opinion about the lack of restaurants in Spencer, published Friday, Dec. 15.

Perhaps the Schenks haven’t seen us when driving by, but Spencer does have a delicious eatery within walking distance across the street from the Transportation Museum, and many Polar Express customers are aware of it. It is called Pinocchio’s of Spencer, and while many people think of us a a bistro eatery with fine wines, they seem to be missing the fact that we are child-friendly.

Our pizza is homemade and we have a kids’ menu. We also have books for the kids to read, toys for them to play with and beads for them to run through in the bathroom corridor so they aren’t running around the restaurant.

Many, many Polar Express riders have found us and come back year after year to enjoy our food before or after their Polar Express experience. Reservations are required; with only 12 tables, we fill up quickly.

To hear someone complain that there are no eateries in Spencer other than the (closed) restaurant, Bebops, is a puzzler. Pinocchio’s has been around for 18 years and is looking forward to the next 18 years.

— Tracy Aitken and
Giuseppe Lopriore