By William M. Dowd
For 23 years, John Stoate proudly brought a taste of his English homeland to Rensselaer County at his Man of Kent tavern and cafe on Route 7 near the Vermont border. Now, it’s up to new owner Jon Bombard to handle such things.
Bombard, 30, managed Kevin at Mike’s Place in North Bennington, VT, for nine years before purchasing Stoate’s pub. He says he bought it because he wants it to remain the way he’s experienced it as a decade-long customer.
That means the drinks menu will continue to include its traditional 14 beers on tap and more than 100 different bottled beers.
By the way, the Man of Kent also will continue to include the man from Kent. Stoate, 67, will be working behind the bar on the day shift Mondays through Thursdays.
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