Shady Glen Dairy Stores - Serving Up Simply Great Food Since 1948
One might not think that words from Henry David Thoreau's Walden would apply to dining choices but sometimes they most definitely do, especially at Manchester, Connecticut's Shady Glen Dairy Stores where their motto could definitely be: "Our life is frittered away by detail ... simplify, simplify." For those of us who enjoy a simple meal in a simple place that not only tastes great but takes us back to the simplicity of our youth then this is the place to wander to - even if the cheeseburgers are not exactly what one is accustomed to! Shady Glen got its start when John and Bernice Rieg opened their first store on the Manchester/Bolton town lines on June 12, 1948. Prior to opening the store with 47 stools arranged around the kitchen and soda fountain, the Riegs worked with Leonard R. Dowd, Professor of Dairy Manufacturing in the University of Connecticut's Department of Animal Industries, on their ice cream formulas using milk from their own herd of cows.