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Jan 19, 2010 05:59 AM

What's the deal with White Hut?

Driving north to Vermont (again) this weekend (on Friday). Since I had my S.O. I wanted to stop for a bite on the way north instead of pushing on stubbornly without food, as I usually do. Plus people had been recommending White Hut again, I looked it up on the web for location and hours. No hours posted on the website.

We pulled in at 6:35 PM on a Friday night. It smelled great. The hours on the door said that they close at 6:30 Sun-Thurs and at 8:30 on Fri and Sat. We were greeted with. "Sorry, we're closed." The grill was being scrubbed, customers clearly finishing what they had at the counter. We looked at the door, looked at the guy. He mumbled something about not changing the sign, while he continued to clean up.

Disappointed we drove on and got some decent takeout burritos in Northampton (across the street from the Tibetan place)

So I'm looking for someone local to explain the rules to me about White Hut. I know it's cash only. Have they cut their hours recently? Do they adjust their hours on whims? Do they stop taking orders 15 minutes before closing? I'm not trying to be a jerk; I'm trying to understand the rules to see if I can get fast sustenance on a drive I do regularly.

I don't typically stop anywhere because
a) I don't want to make the trip much longer than the 4 1/2 hours it already does, so no sit down fare or food that requires utensils in the car
b) I don't leave the mountain early because I'm required to stay there until closing, and I don't leave work early on Friday because it's work.
c) I won't stop for any chainland fast food.

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  1. Rein's deli in W Springfield would be my choice.

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    1. re: trufflehound

      Rein's is now closed. Went there last year once and it was ok. On the other hand, they did have hours that meant I could stop there.

      I was mostly curious about White Hut.

    2. I just happened upon your comment on Chow Hound. I apologize for your inconvenience. I hope you give us another chance.

      A couple of years ago I changed the hours to M-F 6:30am-6:30pm and Sat. and Sun. 8am-6pm. We had slowed down on the 6:30-8:30pm hours Friday and Saturday. I was hoping to make it temporary, however it doesn't seem like I can extend them back to where they were yet. I am having the sign on the door changed to reflect the hours that are on the website (our current hours).

      I hope that in your travels you will be able to give us another try. I am confident it will be worth your effort. Let me know what you think when you do. Thanks.

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      1. re: WhiteHut

        Thanks for the reply! As I said, I wasn't trying to be a jerk; I just wanted to know what the parameters were. It did smell awesome in there.

        I probably won't be driving by Springfield during open hours for a long while, but I'll keep you guys in mind when I do. And here's hoping that the economy improves for all of us.

        1. re: thinks too much

          I knew you weren't trying to be a jerk. I appreciate ALL feedback, and I try to respond positively to as much as I can. The way I look at it is I can only improve by knowing the thoughts of my customers AND potential customers. Thank you for understanding my situation with the hours. Again, I hope that the opportunity comes up for you to try us in the near future.

          You can also try us at the BIG E (Eastern States Exposition). If you have never heard of it, it is a 17 day agricultural/craft fair that occurs every September (it is one mile west of us on the same street). The fair is open until 10pm everyday. I know it is not during ski season, but if you're ever up this way around that time, we will be there (and closed at the store during fair days).
          Thanks again...

      2. Not only is White Hut is one of the best places around, it's displayed on my foodwall. I love it, the kids love it, and its fairly inexpensive. I like how you have to be "in the know" to order, since there's no menu board. Double cheeseburg fried with mustard and a dog with chopped onions and mustard are my usual choices. ( fried means with fried onions). I would suggest skipping skiing and going to White Hut instead.

        1. Yeah, I have always been under the impression that they closed at 6.

          Anything in Northampton will be open later. Local Burger (at the end of Main St. near the railroad bridge) has pretty good burgers and is open late. Admittedly, it's no whitehut, but what are you gonna do?

          There is also a 24hour truckstop diner in Whately. I cant really remember how their food is. I usually only get milkshakes and toast. .. but it's open all night!