A one-room New Hampshire school becomes a popular restaurant

Above: the pastry shelf. Below (from left): Steve Donohue, Destiny Seabury, and School House Cafe co-owners Kathy Shifrin and Caleen Fisher at the Warner, N.H., restaurant.
Above: the pastry shelf. Below (from left): Steve Donohue, Destiny Seabury, and School House Cafe co-owners Kathy Shifrin and Caleen Fisher at the Warner, N.H., restaurant. photos by catherine smart for the boston globe

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In small New England towns, news travels fast. Warner, N.H., has a few thousand residents, no traffic lights, and you can count the dining options on one hand. So townspeople were excited to learn that a couple of industry veterans, sisters who had honed their skills at a popular local place, had converted a 1916 schoolhouse into a casual restaurant. The one-room School House Cafe once was once filled with students and desks. “I used to go to school here,” says an elderly woman near our sunny table. Caleen Fisher owns the restaurant with her sister, Kathy Shifrin, and they serve breakfast all day and lots of homestyle fare. House-made doughnuts, whoopee pies, and all kinds of cookies satisfy a sweet tooth.

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