WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The White Hut restaurant in West Springfield will have its grand reopening Friday morning.
The restaurant closed its doors back in February but was later purchased by Student Prince co-owners Peter Picknelly and Andy Yee in May.
Friday’s event will feature some classic White Hut menu items, as well as speeches by West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt and Congressman Richard Neal. The grand re-opening is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. with a ceremonial cutting of giant hot dog. The inside of the restaurant will open at 1 p.m.
Peter Pan bus company Picknelly said he is pleased he and his business partners stepped in to keep the staple going.
“We’re thrilled to be able to be part of the restaurant and reopen it,” said Picknelly. “This is the communities restaurant.”
Many of the White Hut’s veteran customers made certain to be there and to step up to the counter as they have for so many years. Andrew Crane’s love affair with the White Hut goes back almost half a century.
“I’m sure that they’re going to make it very authentic,” said Andrew Cane, a longtime White Hut customer. “It’ll be the same as it was forty or fifty years ago.”
The new owners say they’ve upgraded the 81-year-old West Springfield institution without taking away any of its unique style and service that’s made it a favorite for so many years.