PIC OF TRIP AND JACK HERE.
For more than thirteen years, we at Little Harry’s have committed ourselves to offering the best possible experience to every guest and every employee. We strive to provide unparalleled service, food and dining in the heart of Vermont’s green mountains. As one of the leading restaurant’s in the state, we want to continue to attract and entertain our customers in the best manner possible!
Please take the time to explore our site, our extensive menu and our expert, courteous staff(link). We think you’ll agree, dining at Little Harry’s is a great way to unwind at the end of the day, or perhaps just to enjoy one of our many appetizers(link) or cocktails at the bar. We also have an extensive wine list(link) if that’s your pleasure.
Explore our site and discover just how much fun you can have this evening at Little Harry’s in downtown Rutland, VT.!
Trip Pearce – Chef and Ownership
Trip Pearce is completely obsessed with food. When he’s not eating, he’ll most likely be engaged in combining ingredients for new menu items, copy-writing, photography, and/or a host of other creative endeavors to help deliver the best possible experience to his customers at Little Harry’s. Trip’s passion for his business is unequaled in the restaurant industry!
“After thirty years of working in commercial kitchens, dreaming about food and flavors and presentations and taste, especially taste, I’d like to report that I still love cooking second only to being able to sit down to a dinner with family or friends.
I had the wonderful, good fortune to have summered on Block Island. It is a small island 13 miles off the Rhode Island Coast. I was about six years old, redheaded and sunburned and stayed that way (not the six year old part, of course) summering on Block Island for years and years. I met blue crabs at Dunn’s Bridge with a net, flounder and fluke on rental row boats from Twin Maples with my father, mussels picked from the beach at the club, pickerel from Continental Pond (bony!), lobster from Stanley Stinson and bluefish from everybody! I fished, swam and always came home hungry.
My father, Harry, was a devoted vegetable and flower gardener. As a child, his mom, made him learn all the Latin names of the flowers she grew! So our harvest from the sea was fleshed out with delicious vegetables throughout the summer.
It was my dream to be a fisherman. And so my romance with commercial fishing, lobstering to be specific, got to become a reality for six consecutive summers while I was in college at Saint Lawrence University as an English major. Now I was the Lobster Provider at my family’s house and boy did we eat!
I moved to Block Island right after college and worked on the boat and hosted numerous dinner parties. (I needed help eating all those lobsters!) These cooking events always had me on the phone with my mom asking her how she did this or that. The fishing season ended around mid-October. This was good, because I would be seeing my own breath in the house for three days running (It was after all, a summer cottage!).
I would pack off to the Mainland, mostly Vermont and find a cooking job there. Eventually, I came to realize the extent of my passion for entertaining and cooking, and moved to Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to further my experience in the kitchen. I ended up working in French and Moroccan Restaurant called Ahmed’s. While there, I studied with a dynamic Italian lady of boundless enthusiasm. Her name was Roberta Dowling and she had just started a cooking school in Porter Square.
After work in those days, we would revel till last call and often proceed to Chinatown for eats. These forays started my on my fascination with Chinese and especially Thai food.
Many restaurants later, here I am at Harry’s. And looking forward to cooking for you.”
Jack Mangan – Ownership and Manager
Jack Mangan is part owner and manager of Little Harry’s restaurant.
He is a native of Scranton, PA and a graduate of the University of Scranton.
Upon graduation, he moved to central Vermont and worked in several restaurants that catered to the skiing and tourist industry in Rutland and Killington.
In the early nineties, Jack and his wife Jane, discovered a little gem of a restaurant in the Mount Holly Ludlow area called Little Harry’s Cafe. They became regular customers, and eventually met the owner, Trip Pearce.
A short time later, Trip offered Jack a job there as a part time bartender, which appeared to be a great opportunity at hand, as Jack needed to support four children and his wife at the time!
This also allowed Jack to dine there at least once week.
A few years later, Jack found a space that he thought would be perfect for a second “Harry’s,” and Little Harry’s was born in 1997 with the partnership of Trip and Jack in Rutland. VT.
The restaurant has thrived in it’s current location for thirteen years and prides itself in providing great food and service in a friendly casual atmosphere.
Please visit often and ENJOY!