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Woodstock’s Wasp Snack Bar Closing

March 29, 2013

in News,Woodstock

Staff Report

The Wasp Snack Bar served its last meal Friday.

The diner closed at 2 p.m. at the end of a busy lunch service. Owner Jill Johnssen made the decision to close for financial and personal reasons.

“It just got slow and I got a really good job offer — I mean it’s a lot for one person, the restaurant business is hard anyway, and just the bookwork and the buying, it’s really a seven-day-a-week thing,” Johnssen said.

Johnssen will take a lower-stress job as a cook at the new Hartland Diner, formerly Stella’s. Former Wasp employee Nicole Bartner purchased Stella’s in March and offered Johnssen a position at the Hartland Diner, which will open in April.

Johnssen has owned the diner for 10 years. The building has been up for at least 60 years.

“There were a lot of pretty sad people, but at the same time, they appreciate that it has to be very hard,” Johnssen said.



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Briana DeGruttola April 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

This could be turned into a great learning opportunity for Woodstock’s high school students! A sorely needed business class from WUHS could take over owning and operating a very simple diner. They could give the profits away to local charities; or help fund class trips, dances, etc.

Geoff Templeton April 3, 2013 at 5:29 am

I remember having great breakfasts in the early 60′s.

margie robinson March 31, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Yes, sad…the building has been there for at least 60 years, went there as a child…loved the name and it’s never changed…good luck to you!

Ruth Search March 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Sorry to hear this. Another Woodstock tradition closing. They had the best tuna sandwiches with crunchy lettuce and tomatos on wheat!

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