| Sarah Heinonen
HAMPDEN – Even before buying the Mountain View Restaurant in Hampden, it had been something of a family business for Lyndsay Pelloso. A resident of Wilbraham, Pelloso had worked at Mountain View since she was 14 years old. Her father’s mom had also worked there in the 1960s.
When former owners Heather Mullane Bean and Matt Bean approached Pelloso’s father Billy Bond earlier this year about buying the business, Pelloso said it was because the Beans knew that her family understood what Mountain View meant to them as a family restaurant.
“We know what Mountain View has been to us,” and to the community, Pelloso said. “It’s always been a small family business.” Bond already owns a small business in the form of Hampden Septic, and he and his wife, Linda, have been longtime residents of Hampden.
The Beans owned Mountain View for five years. In a Sept. 26 Facebook post, the Beans said, “We want to thank our awesome staff for all of their hard work over the last five years and look forward to watching the restaurant continue to prosper.”
Pelloso reassured residents that “Nothing big is going to change.” She added, “The menu is going to stay the same. We’re not going to take away anything that Mountain View has ever been.”
She said, however, they may add things over time. Pelloso also noted she and the Bonds will look at any updates that need to be addressed, such as the septic tank that is currently being replaced while the restaurant is closed for the cold months. They might also consider extending the Mountain View season later into the fall, though Pelloso said, that would be “down the road.”
“It’s still going to be Mountain View,” she assured.