Common Man Ashland Sustains Minor Damage in Overnight Electrical Fire

Release Date: Oct 13,2011

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ASHLAND, NH – The Common Man restaurant in Ashland sustained minor damage in the early morning hours on Thursday after an apparent electrical fire broke out at the host stand.

Common Man Chief Operating Officer Warren Dodge said the fire alarm sounded at the Ashland Fire Department around 3 a.m. and the restaurant’s sprinkler system quickly doused the flames. The host stand and a portion of the restaurant’s pantry near the main entrance were burned, but the majority of the 200 year old building was spared.

“The damage is not extensive but we do have smoke and water remnants to clean up,” said Dodge. Dodge said while staff works with the fire department, insurance company and cleaning crews, the restaurant will be closed to guests for the day. Updates about Common Man Ashland’s re-opening will be made on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Twitter account @thecmannh and to local media.

Dodge invited anyone who had planned to dine at the Ashland restaurant to visit other Common Man family locations in the area including Common Man Express Deli in Ashland, Foster’s Boiler room at The Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth and Italian Farmhouse in Plymouth.

Common Man Ashland is the restaurant family’s flagship location, and was opened in November 1971 by owner Alex Ray. Next month, The Common Man family will celebrate 40 years in business since opening the Ashland location. The Common Man family is made up of 18 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon, Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center. Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack, Windham and Portsmouth; Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster’s Boiler Room, Italian Farmhouse and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt’n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; Common Man Express and the Common Man Company Store, both in Ashland. For more information, visit

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