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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.

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Sometimes, you just need a good hamburger.

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20160827_124723One of the best things about the Gallery Cafe is our chef Don McHale and his cooking staff. Every day they manage to amaze me with some sort of culinary concoction that they create. Last week, I had the ribeye. Anyone who knows me, knows I like to smother my food with condiments – Tabasco, ketchup and A1 being the standard go to’s. Since I have been involved in the Gallery Cafe, though, I don’t think I have even gotten through one bottle of Tabasco. The ribeye that is on our menu, is amazing. Full of flavor, and then the pistachio butter that melts into it, oooh la la!

Sometimes, though, you just need a good burger, and chef Don’s burgers never disappoint. On both the lunch and dinner menu, his burgers always hit the spot. Like the old McDonald’s ad, it takes two hands for Chef Don’s burgers, and sometimes, multiple napkins. Pair that with one of our beers on tap, and you should walk away from the table fully satiated. Put some cheese, bacon and mushrooms, and you have lunch and dinner between one bun!

When we started this restaurant we wanted to incorporate the arts into our concept, recognizing that artsy food is good, but sometimes you just need a slab of steak or a good old fashioned burger.

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Making the Tables

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Table for 4 - modern day pop artists

Table for 4 – modern day pop artists

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.

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Granny gluing down the collages.

Three tables of two: Calder, O'keeffe, Lane...

Three tables of two: Calder, O’Keeffe, Lane, Bierstadt…in progress in the garage.

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!

 

 

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