NEW BEDFORD – Just after currently being closed for a minimal around two months for renovations, Freestone’s Metropolis Grill on Williams Street, ultimately reopened on Thursday.
“It’s good to actually be working with buyers as an alternative of contractors,” reported John Motta, a supervisor at Freestone’s. “We just desired to give this location a awesome new refreshing look going into the vacations.”
The previous financial institution building-turned-restaurant underwent various renovations like an update to its bar and dining place place. The bar by itself has all new products together with new sinks and bar taps.
The raised platforms have been taken out from the dining home making it all one particular level and now each table is handicap accessible. There is also far more house at the entrance region and close to the hostess station.
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“They’re making an attempt to continue to keep it to a rustic truly feel, but also modernizing it,” reported Tamika Braund, a waitress who has been with Freestone’s for 5 months.
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“We’re seeking to preserve it like downtown New Bedford — hoping to still be a staple — but bringing unique areas of New Bedford into it somewhat than it just currently being nautical by the h2o,” additional an additional waitress, Rebecca Mills from New Bedford.
“The vibe is just unique in listed here,” she claimed.
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The mirrors on the back again wall’s exposed brick have been eradicated and will quickly characteristic work from nearby artists. The floor has been switched to wood-like tile and all the rugs have been replaced, much too, according to Motta. The church-like benches have been moved to the back again dining room region as effectively.
Freestone’s also has new several hours. The cafe is shut Mondays. Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday by means of Thursday, right up until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and open up noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Regrettably, Darwin the restaurant’s gorilla mascot, is M.I.A. as he undergoes a facelift. The good news is, his “girlfriend” is current right until his return.
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Moreover, the kitchen area has been up to date with a new set of machines and the menu has been up to date.
New addition to the menu features the fried scallop roll, a scallop & chips dish (equivalent to fish & chips), a harvest bowl showcasing a brown rice and quinoa mix, a Normal Tso’s cauliflower appetizer and egg rolls, to identify a number of.
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“We’re taking diverse items and spinning it,” Mills added.
On the other hand, a bulk of authentic menu things nonetheless remain such as Freestone’s common Syrian nachos, fish chowder, onion soup and turkey salad. Brunch and outdoor dining are not obtainable at the second.
Their lunch menu is only out there Tuesdays via Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. And Freestone’s “Appy Hour” is offered at the bar from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and an hour before near on Tuesdays although Fridays.
A favourable reaction from diners
In the course of the two months that Freestone’s closed, Braund mentioned the staff experienced a lot of inquiries on their social media. “I’d say pretty much every week you’d have people today try to appear in,” she explained, adding that she served with the construction. “Even folks that realized it was closed would preserve hoping to appear in pondering it was open up.”
Since reopening Thursday, company has picked appropriate back up to what it was ahead of, Braund claimed on Friday. “There was a lot of good reaction to the adjust,” she additional. “It’s fantastic to see every person is nonetheless coming in and that they are liking the adjustments.”
“Everyone seems actually pleased with what we’ve done,” Motta extra.
“So, we are excited.”
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