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Pulled Pork Plate at Tom's Famous Long Dog and Grill in Whately. Recorder/Paul Franz

Blue Plate Special: Tom’s Famous Long Hot Dog & Grill a family enterprise

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It would be hard to find happier restaurateurs than Gary and Marilee Kloc, proprietors of Tom’s Famous Long Hot Dog & Grill on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately. When the Klocs took over this busy roadside eatery in March 2014, they knew precisely what they were getting into. Gary Kloc grew up in Whately and in the food business; … 0

Ponte Restaurante: Small but Substantial

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ponte Restaurante calls itself “the little place with the big taste.” Both characterizations are apt. The colorful space, nestled on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, could not be much smaller. It seats 18 people, but that number includes two tables just outside the restaurant. Indoors are a couple of tables as well as … 0

Blue Plate Special: Northfield’s Highland BBQ ‘a homemade operation’

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

David MacDonald makes the most of his small kitchen and small business. The owner, chef, and everything else at Highland BBQ on Main Street in Northfield, MacDonald takes pleasure in making his customers happy. His tiny enterprise has no indoor seating, just several outdoor picnic tables with umbrellas. “There are a lot of … 0

Blue Plate Special: Spicing up food and life at the Rendezvous

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Rendezvous is steeped in history. In the late 19th century this neighborhood bar on Third Street in Turners Falls began the first of many incarnations. “It has a history as a jazz club in the ’40s and … 0

Blue Plate Special: The fifth generation at Williams Farm

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sugaring season is Chip Williams’ favorite time of year. “After a long winter we’re finally getting outside. And things are starting to warm up a bit,” he told me in a recent interview. At 34, Kenneth Williams IV, … 0

Blue Plate Special: 7 South Bakery and Cafe

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

At this time of year, as the air takes on a chill and the days get noticeably shorter, 7 South Bakery and Café in Bernardston beckons enticingly. The small bakery is cozy and warm. And it sends forth … 0