Popcorn Noir opened on Halloween weekend, 2011. The club was started by husband and wife team Kristen Davis and Tom Doherty, one year after choosing Easthampton as the place to raise their son Luka Harper, and moving to the Cottage St. neighborhood.
Where did you come up with the name, Popcorn Noir?
The name Popcorn Noir is a reflection of Easthampton’s successful blending of old-time residents and traditional sensibilities, with new arrivals from diverse backgrounds and walks of life. Not simply an average of the mainstream and the avant garde, both the film selection and the menu are an attempt to create a space for interplay of ideas, sharing of things loved and a community experience.
How did you come up with the idea for this place?
Tom once worked for a man in Thailand who couldn’t get a restaurant license for his beachfront eatery. So he got a beach chair license, rented out the chairs, and gave away the food for free. Kristen owned restaurants in several countries in the past. When she had a great response from selling empanadas out of the back of her tricycle in Easthampton, she knew it was time to try it here. These and other experiences led us to take the plunge at a time that Cottage St. was ripe for something new.
Where did the logo come from?
The logo was designed by Rob Kimmel. Check out his amazing work at robkimmeldesign.com
We’d like to thank some of the awesome people and businesses in the community who have supported us and helped us in this exciting venture:
Rep. John W. Scibak
The Daily Hampshire Gazette
Greenfield Community College
City of Easthampton and Mayor Tautznik
Sen. Michael Knapik
Aquarius Plumbing and Heating
New England Public Radio
Jack Brown @ the Valley Advocate
Frank “the Barber”
Gillette Restaurant Equipment
Dan Whitely, Inc.
Eric Matthews and Alan Slattery
Scott and Colleen Andrews
Craft Brewers Guild
Green River Ambrosia
Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream
Art Walk Easthampton
And to the many people not on this short list,
we greatly appreciate everything you’ve done.
We are so honored to be a part of this amazing community!