History of The Coffee Pot Restaurant

The Coffee Pot has been a staple of the Littleton area since 1980. We have kept track of the many changes, big and small, in the restaurant and in our family. We invite you to learn more about how the restaurant started, how we’ve grown, and challenges we have faced along the way. We plan on adding to the history as new and exciting events happen. We hope this helps you get to know us better and you enjoy reading about the McKennas and our restaurant.

1980 March - Jim McKenna from Whitman, Massachusetts, bought the existing Coffee Pot. He had been an auto body mechanic at several large dealerships in Massachusetts for 26 years. This small coffee and donut shop with 12 stools and a high counter gave him ideas for his future. In April, Jean Miles of Littleton, NH met Jim. She had been in Maine since 1974 and had returned to Littleton. James and Jean McKenna were married in October and became the owners / operators of The Coffee Pot. Together, they redesigned the layout of The Coffee Pot and that is what you see today.

1986 With time on our hands, we decided to build a log cabin, a life-long dream of Jim’s. Together we cut, limbed, dragged, and loaded cedar from our property in Monroe, NH.

1988 Spenser James McKenna was born!

1992 We became a NON-SMOKING RESTAURANT. We were one of very few restaurants who dared to stop all smoking in our place.

2001 July - FINALLY, the McKenna's added a new air conditioner to The Coffee Pot for the enjoyment of their customers and employees. In October, Jean’s folks, Peg & Ed Miles, sold “the camp” on Partridge Lake. They now reside full time in Fort Myers, Florida. Spenser was an eighth grader at Monroe School and began “showing us his stuff!” He started playing basketball in fifth grade, doing OK. In 8th grade, he started at center stage as the tallest in his class and a real go-getter on the court!

2014 Spenser is now at Vermilion, DC in Alexandria, VA. We also put up some artwork by Dianne Taylor-Moore… Yahoo.