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The Gallery Cafe is a new restaurant located in Littleton, MA. It is conveniently accessible, just minutes from both routes 495 and 2, with ample private parking. Initial reviews of the restaurant have been exceedingly positive due to the delicious food prepared by renowned local chef Don McHale and his experienced crew. The Gallery Cafe is a unique venue in that it shares its space, in a rambling old antique farmhouse with Gallery 529, an artists cooperative featuring the artwork of more than 30 emerging artists. The other day, member artist, Mary Lou Eshelman, and owner of the Cafe and Gallery, Virginia Wood, were given the wonderful opportunity to speak with Museum Open House host Jay Sugarman.
It is important to get it right from the start. And, while we could open on the First of April, the joke is we decided to postpone. Pretty much everything is ready to go, but there are just a few stray details that need to be addressed, and then we will wow you all with the beautiful cafe we have created and delicious food. We are all excited to share it with you, because we have had so much fun pulling it all together and creating what we think will be an exceptional dining experience. So, while you will all have to wait another week, here are a few pictures of what we have been doing the last couple of months.
The last couple of days have been spent tasting the future menu items. Yesterday, Chef Don treated Liz, Max, and me to a couple of his appetizers, salads, and roasted chicken entree. All I can say is, Littleton and surrounding communities, you are in for a treat! Between the beautiful ambiance we have been creating, and delicious food, patrons will be wondering how they were treated to city quality dining in the burbs!
Today, we finished the brunch menu. I am sure we will be tweaking it as time goes forward, but, I love brunch, and I can’t wait for April 5 to arrive!
Check here for the menu: Brunch Menu
The Gallery Cafe will be a funky, artsy restaurant, with delicious food for all. Our concept is to incorporate art into all aspects of the restaurant. Some might think that means you will need a magnifying glass to find the food on your plate – no worries, that is not us, we like to eat just as much as the next person!
The Gallery Cafe will be located at 529 King Street in Littleton, right off the Common, and we will be sharing the space with Gallery 529.
One of the ideas for the Cafe, which has been not only really fun and creative, but also incredibly interesting, has been making the table tops.
The table tops are collages of famous American artists. Working with my 90 year old mother, we have just about completed the job. Not only does each seat have artwork from the artist, but a brief bio is also included, with a link to where you can find out more about the artist. There are painters, photographers, sculptors, and ceramists. What is interesting is to see what motivated each artist. There were artists who did nothing but paint the same painting over and over, and survived off that.
There were artists who set out to record history, like Winslow Homer and Ansel Adams. There were artists who specialized in portraits, and others in landscapes. There were artists who at age 14 had their first masterpiece, and then there were artists like Grandma Moses, who was not discovered until she was in her 70’s. Putting together these collages has been a fascinating walk through art history.
We are still hoping to have a grand launching April 1 – No Fooling!
– please be sure to join us!
Starting a restaurant is an adventure in itself. Creating the concept, following that concept through in the details of operation, the staff, the budget, the permitting… It is a roll of the dice, and each piece you cross your fingers and hope the outcome goes in your favor.
Yesterday, we got back a note from the police department saying we passed the CORI test. I know I have never been arrested, but still, there is that background fear that maybe there is something they are going to find out about you that will jeopardize the liquor license application. Like a Jekyll and Hyde, maybe they will find another life I had that even I did not know about. I am glad that my split personality has been behaving of late.
Yesterday, I also took a trip out to Cheshire, MA. I don’t think I had ever heard of Cheshire before, but what a pretty little town. I took my trusted 4 legged partner with me, just in case. The purpose of the trip was to procure chairs I had seen on Craigslist. With all the crazy stories about craigslist, I am a little cautious about the circumstances I get myself into when tracking down furniture and fixtures. The fact of the matter is, though, that so far, all the folks I have met, couldn’t be nicer and really enthusiastic about the Gallery Cafe. I think many are hopeful that their furniture goes to a good home, like a kitten they have raised.
The trip home was a little nerve wracking. With 32 chairs piled high on the back of my truck, I was pretty sure I would get pulled over by the police. I passed two Staties and held my breath, but, I guess they were on their way home for the evening. Everything was very secure, thanks to the help of “Guy” who helped me load and strap them down. As of today, I think we have all the chairs we need. Still in search of comfortable bar stools, which may end up being a totally eclectic mix.
One step closer to creating the comfy, warm, inviting, funky, relaxed setting that will be the Gallery Cafe.
Last week I spent designing and re-designing the sign. I am not a graphic artist, but I like the final design…took a while to get there. With the help of my keen eyed partner, Liz Greenslade, we were able to arrive at a design that I think works!
Through a series of trial and error, I have come to recognize that the trick to a good sign, is communicating what you are in a split second. One of the first logos that was designed for a restaurant with which I was involved looked like a globe with latitudinal and longitudinal lines. It was a beautiful design, but most folks thought we were a travel agency. I learned that you need to be able to communicate what you are for cars zipping by on route 110, and be able to do it in a split second. It is not an easy achievement!
This sign seemed especially hard, since we are two separate businesses – restaurant and gallery, yet with a shared vision – a celebration of the arts.
Be on the look out for the new sign installation. It should be fairly soon!
The Gallery Cafe is now hiring for all positions. We started interviewing yesterday, and have been thrilled by the level of interest and depth of experience. The Gallery Cafe will feature delicious food, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, with a full liquor license. We are sharing the space at 529 King St. in Littleton with Gallery 529 and anticipate opening April 1. Our concept is to combine the arts – culinary and visual! But, don’t expect to be eating with tweezers, that’s not us!
If you are interested in joining this exciting new enterprise, please forward your resume so we can schedule a time to meet!
Please use the contact form below to let us know your interest. We are still looking for servers, bartenders, dishwashers, chef, and line cooks.