We were actually fairly eager to try the Blue Benn when passing through Bennington on a family vacation, based on a couple of guidebooks and other sources that highly recommended the place. But our plans - and we did have a plan - were foiled by bad information on Blue Benn's Facebook page. We ended up not being able to eat there.
The diner, as of this writing, doesn't have a website. But it does have a Facebook page. And on the day we drove from southeastern Maine through southern New Hampshire and Vermont to Bennington (where we were staying the night), we checked the page. It said they were open until 8:00 p.m. We spent some time in downtown Bennington while the shops were still open after we rolled into town, checked into our hotel and took a little time to get situated.
We pulled into Blue Benn's parking lot at 6:45. As we walked toward one of the front doors, we saw it bore a sign indicating that the business hours ran to 7:00 rather than 8:00. In the moment it took us to process this, one of the servers inside the restaurant walked to the inside of that same door, gave us a decidedly unwelcoming look (not that we had any designs on going in there 15 minutes before closing), and flipped the "open" sign on the other entrance door (the one opposite to the one we were facing) to "closed." That was a nice emphatic touch.
We left, frustrated. In our imagination, the food was going to be really good. We'll never know.
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