In 1933, Art and Kay Bennett opened a small tea room to add a growing commercial presence in the town of St. Peter’s. The Bennetts held a contest at a local elementary school to name their new establishment, and on the advice of a 3rd grade student, the Cosy Corner was born.
The Bennetts eventually sold the Corner to Etta Duggan, who, in 1942 sold the Cosy Corner to Joe Mancini. There have been many stories passed around over the years as to where Joe got the money to purchase the Cosy Corner. Some say it was in a poker game, others say he was betting on the ponies, but either way it was St. Peter’s that won.
Joe Mancini made some additions and renovations and brought the Cosy Corner to its full potential. He served many people during his time at the Corner, including a visit from Johnny Cash, which resulted in an infamous hard boiled egg eating contest. Joe, staff, and family ran the Cosy Corner for 28 years before selling the Cosy to George Urquhart, who ran the Corner for a short 2 years before selling it to Louie Boudreau.