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Erving’s Boxcar restaurant back on track

ERVING — The Boxcar restaurant is back on track, with a new proprietor hoping to reopen the establishment in the last weeks of August.

Reached Wednesday morning, Robert Pollock said he was going over the new menu of what will be his first restaurant.

Pollock, of Athol and Erving, said he has managed restaurants in the past and worked in the Boxcar, but the reopened business will be a first enterprise of his own. As such, he has changed the name to the A&R Boxcar, for his children Arielle and Reid.

The Board of Selectmen approved Pollock’s business license Monday.

The diner, on Route 2 in Erving Center, has been a local landmark for years.

Pollock has already re-landscaped the rail-side Route 2 eatery and is working on refinishing the interior and the menu, with plans to resume serving breakfast and lunch and eventually add dinner.

Pollock said he began his education and career in restaurants then switched tracks to teach English, but had been working at the Boxcar for almost a year when it closed this spring.

“I took the plunge and took the opportunity, and there’s no turning back,” Pollock said.

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