Franklin Welcomes Shorey’s Grilled Cheese and Ice Cream Shop

Unique sandwiches and Blakes ice cream

Press release
Shorey’s Grilled Cheese and Ice Cream, located at 421 North Main Street in West Franklin, welcomed a hungry crowd at their open house on May 7. Unique grilled cheese sandwiches are their specialty, along with New Hampshire’s own Blake’s Ice Cream. Photo: Bob Norander

The City of Franklin is pleased to welcome Shorey’s Grilled Cheese and Ice Cream to Franklin. Shorey’s Grilled Cheese and Ice Cream will feature Blake’s ice cream and unique grilled cheese sandwiches such as pizza, sweet apple and ham, Tuscan, and even fried grilled cheese. All are handcrafted and made with the finest and freshest ingredients.

Dave Shorey, Sharon Shorey, Laura Damiani, and Anthony Damiani are the four co-owners of Franklin’s newest restaurant: Shorey’s Grilled Cheese and Ice Cream, located at 421 North Main Street. Photo: Allyson Shorey

Owners Sharon and David Shorey are longtime residents of Franklin. Sharon and David arrived in Franklin over 38 years ago when David accepted a teaching position at Franklin High School. David and Sharon raised their family in Franklin and were very active in Little League, helping with building and running the concession stand at the field for many years. Their daughter and her husband, Laura and Anthony Damiani, are also owners; Anthony was transferred from Vermont as a kitchen manager for a corporate chain restaurant and met Laura shortly after he arrived. They eventually married and bought a house in New Hampton.

For the past five years Sharon has commuted to the New London area, driving by the property, formerly known as Ariana’s, every day. Once the Shoreys learned the building was for sale, the notion of a sandwich/ice cream shop seemed like an opportunity not to be passed up. The team was in place, renovations underway, menus developed, and a target date of a May 7 opening set.

“We are so excited to bring our unique grilled cheese menu to the Franklin area and to creating luscious ice cream offerings for the young and old alike. It will be wonderful to see old friends and greet new ones,” said David Shorey.

“As the City of Franklin continues to grow, it is my pleasure to welcome another new business to the Franklin community. Franklin has so much to offer with downtown revitalization, new restaurants, Mill City Park, Veterans Memorial Recreation Area, and now there is one more reason to stop and take a look at what’s happening” stated Mayor Jo Brown.

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