‘Gastropub’ planned for Montague Mill

A Leverett man plans to open a "gastropub" in the Montague Mill in the space recently vacated by the Night Kitchen. Recorder file photo.

A Leverett man plans to open a "gastropub" in the Montague Mill in the space recently vacated by the Night Kitchen. Recorder file photo.

MONTAGUE CENTER — A fine-dining destination in this tiny village for almost a decade, the Night Kitchen is no more, but a replacement of a new variety is in the works.

Leverett resident Howard Wein said he plans to open what he is calling a gastropub in the Night Kitchen’s former location, the lower levels of the Montague Mill overlooking the Sawmill River. The Board of Selectmen this week approved Wein’s application to transfer the Night Kitchen’s all-alcohol liquor license to his business, a first step before the state alcohol commission has its say.

Wein said he hopes to open the restaurant and bar in mid March, with plans to serve lunch, dinner and brunch.

Wein runs a hospitality industry consulting and venture business from an office neighboring the mill on Greenfield Road.

“I know the space really well. I’m there all the time. I love the mill; I love that space, and when it became available I decided it would be a great brick and mortar space for my venture,” Wein said.

Opened in 2004 by chef Max Brody, The Night Kitchen closed early last month.

“It was actually a choice. It wasn’t a going-out-of-business kind of a situation. It was just Max was ready to move on and do something else after 10 years of running the restaurant, and we have a young son,” said Joanna Frankel, Brody’s wife.

Wein said he plans to serve salads, entrees — grilled fish and roasted chicken were mentioned — and alcohol as The Alvah Stone, named for the 1842 grist mill’s original owner.

Building owner Mark Beaubien told selectmen the mill’s businesses are inter-dependent, and a restaurant is a key component.

The historic mill on Greenfield Road is home to the Montague Book Mill used bookstore, the Lady Killigrew Cafe, music store Turn it Up and the Sawmill River Arts and Louise Minks art studios and shops.

Below the bookstore and cafe, the former Night Kitchen space directly overlooks the river with an indoor dining room and spacious porch.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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