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NE Steak and Seafood evolves and grows with the times

New England Steak and Seafood has become a go-to source for holiday takeout meals.


Today, more than ever, the Quirk family’s New England Steak and Seafood in Mendon is not just about the fare in its name by which the restaurant has thrived for almost sixty years. Famous for its old-fashioned atmosphere, New England Steak and Seafood is also becoming known for such things as partnering with the Mendon Police Department on a “stuff the cruiser” campaign to benefit struggling families in the Blackstone Valley. And, recently, “Christmas dinner to go,” featuring Roast Prime Rib of Beef, pumpkin bread, cinnamon rolls and onion rolls. Whitinsville Realtor Jack Walker is among those who regularly frequent New England Steak and Seafood for lunch or dinner. Strong patronage is not uncommon!

• Anticipation continues to build for the opening of Reunion Tap & Table’s second location, in the Whitinsville Plaza, in a spot formerly occupied by Jube’s. Described by the Phantom Gourmet as “a big, fun eatery,” Reunion’s first restaurant in North Grafton was started by brothers Josh and Sean Briggs, Sargon Hanna and “lots of family and friends.” The new Reunion site will be a smaller version of the first store but with many of the signature elements including the popular Pork Belly Poutine, Grilled Chicken Wings tossed in a house-made garlic parmesan sauce and French Onion Soup. Look for a launch this month or next; hiring for staff positions is ongoing.

• The Villatico family has a good thing going at J Anthony’s Italian Grill in North Oxford and part of the reason for that is the lounge where “Game Day” including the Patriots’ regular season-ending game in Buffalo on January 8 will attract a throng—as will Red Sox games just around the corner. With a Garden Room, a Deck Room and a Terrace Room, J Anthony’s is a popular choice for private events.

• Many area residents may not be aware that in addition to such staples as Fried Chicken and Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie, Samuel Slater’s Restaurant at Indian Ranch in Webster also plays host to events, like a celebration of Elvis Presley’s 88th birthday on January 7th—and Comedy Night fun, which will resume the evening of January 26th.

• Nowhere is “Yankee hospitality” on better display than at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, where outstanding cuisine can be accompanied by an overnight stay. The Publick House is also a favorite jumping off point for sightseeing, shopping for antiques, golf and skiing.

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