A new restaurant is opening in Greenfield, attracting residents excited to see a restaurant come back to town.
“We missed having a restaurant,” said resident Janice Pack. “We used to really like coming here, and now we can again.”
Local’s Cafe & Tavern, which recently opened at 4 Slip Road in Greenfield, is the brainchild of resident Heather Gagnon, who said she had been considering opening a cafe or cafe for some time.
“That was my thing,” she says. “And it just so happened that the only place in Greenfield closed and there was nothing, and everyone was like, ‘When is anything going to open there?’ And I was like, ‘Okay, I guess I’ll take the plunge and do it.’
The previous restaurant at this location was Hungry Goats Eatery, which opened in December 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Gagnon, it closed in March 2020 after the pandemic shuttered many businesses, and the place had been empty since then.
“So we walked in,” she said. “The opportunity presented itself.”
For Gagnon, one of the last pushes to move forward with this idea was when her youngest child started kindergarten. As a stay-at-home mom, Gagnon found herself in a new place.
“I was like, ‘OK, what am I going to do?'” she said. “And I really wanted to do that.”
Her husband, Randy, said they decided to rent the space – from the same owners as the previous tenant – in August 2021, and had been months since he was ready to leave.
“The community has been craving something like this,” he said.
The process of preparing the restaurant for opening was difficult, Gagnon said, and took longer than she expected.
“We had a few setbacks with issues with the place and trying to get everything together,” she said. Some of the kitchen equipment was not working when they moved in, and many repairs had to be done as a whole. Additionally, with pandemic-related supply chain issues and shortages, doing this work has been more difficult than expected.
“We’d do something, then I’d say, ‘Oh, now I have to do it,’ and the list never ends,” she said.
But through it all, she says, they found themselves able to open up to the community again.
“It was really great,” said Gagnon. “I love it so far; it was really fun.
The community support of Greenfield residents who once again have a restaurant in town is particularly exciting for her.
“Everyone was thrilled to see us open,” Gagnon said. “And everyone in the restaurant is actually from Greenfield.”
“It’s the best thing that ever happened,” said Greenfield resident Larry Gilbert. As a guitarist and singer, he will also perform at the café every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which he and Gagnon worked out together.
The Local’s current business model is to serve breakfast and lunch, but Gagnon said she hopes to expand, both in terms of menu offerings and opening the tavern portion of the restaurant. restaurant space.
“We want to change as we go, so we’re going to grow and expand,” she said. “Right now we’re really trying to get things under control, in terms of what people want, and getting our name out there as well.”
Le Local’s is open Tuesday to Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.