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Lots of New Happenings!

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Have you been to the Gallery Cafe recently? Great new offerings, including Tea Parties for adults and children. Have a creolelook here. Chef Don McHale continues to make delicious daily specials. Tonight we have a shrimp creole, shrimp simmered with peppers and onions in tomato sauce and served over basmati rice. Check our daily specials link to see what’s cooking.


We look forward to seeing you soon.


Open Mic – Friday Nights

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Open Mic – Friday Nights


Click here to see Open Mic performer Scott Brodeur of Freeport, Maine.  guitar

Looking for some relaxing free fun? Why not check out our open mic – the last one scheduled for Friday October 28th from 9 to 11 pm. Don McHale, our head chef, has been organizing the evening, and has been able to attract some really good non-professional musicians, who come to play just for their love of music. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the old coffeehouse days, with folks of all ages supporting their friends and family who come to play.

The Gallery Cafe shares its space, a rambling old farmhouse with Gallery 529, an artists cooperative with more than 30 artists. One can view gorgeous paintings, photos, pottery and jewelry – it is a great spot to buy a gift for that someone special. Now, with the addition of music, we support all the arts! Culinary, literary, visual, and now, musical!

It is probably a good idea to make reservations, call 978-486-8529, or make reservations on line, available on the welcome page of this website.


Thank you Boston Globe!

cropped-cafelogosquare1-2.jpgAs a small business, it is hard to compete with the advertising budgets of the chain restaurants. That is why we are so very thankful when a local paper, even regional paper, is willing to do a story on our business. We have poured our heart and soul, and financial resources, into creating what we think is a wonderful venue. When a giant, like the Boston Globe takes note, well, it is huge. Thank you Boston Globe, and Emily Sweeney. It means an awful lot to 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.


20160218_163018Yesterday, 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. 20160218_162950I 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 to20160218_190820 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.


New Sign – Can you see it at 30 mph?

New Sign – Can you see it at 30 mph?

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!image


Lots of Details to Pull Together

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Starting a business involves keeping track of the details, and staying focused on the priorities. I am lucky to have Liz as my partner, who not only keeps the items on the list short, but helps me to stay focused. The trick at the end of the day is to have crossed off just as many items on the list as new items are added. It hasn’t happened yet, but there is a definite sense of moving ahead.

This was yesterday’s List:
Home flyer
abutters mailing
liz proposal
call guy
maren info
measure bar area
send gallery tax forms
follow up with janet
fix gallery online store (Thanks to Art Campbell who has created an actual on-line store where one will be able buy items on line!) I need to figure out the shipping info.
add lamp work jewelry to on line store
set up pay pal on cafe account
flyers to vista print
sign proposal

Liz has been in charge of the hiring, so that has been a huge chunk off my list. Progress. And thanks to the folks at town hall who have been extraordinarily helpful.