DERRY — She holds down many jobs, studies hard and gets good grades. She is also a teenager on a mission to run an entire restaurant for one week.
Julie Dodge, 18, works at Cask and Vine in Derry and will be running the eatery on Broadway all this week. It’s an opportunity to learn the restaurant ropes and help support her goal to study hospitality management at Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island.
“This is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me,” Dodge said.
The Pinkerton senior has worked at Cask and Vine since 2013. Husband-and-wife team and restaurant owners Andy Day and Alana Wentworth said it couldn’t be done for a nicer young woman.
“She is the most wonderful teenager we ever met,” Wentworth said.
For Dodge’s restaurant run, Day and Wentworth will allow her to create schedules and special themes for the week.
A “Julie Jar” will be placed in the restaurant so patrons can support Dodge’s future college years.
Some special activities at Cask and Vine under Dodge’s control will be a toga party and other themed events.
She will learn as much as possible about running a restaurant with menu plans and other details.
Dodge said when she gets to college next fall she hopes to study management and someday run a hotel. She even has one in mind, the Riverwalk resort in Lincoln.
“That’s one of my favorite places,” she said.
Dodge also works at the nearby Costume Gallery and at a photo business.
She also has been the editor of Pinkerton Academy’s yearbook for two years, cover designer, and earned high marks as a member of Pinkerton’s DECA marketing club for a project specific to her work at Cask and Vine.
Laura Poole said she is very proud of her daughter and thanks Cask and Vine for giving her the opportunity.