Leo’s Table open for breakfast and lunch in South Deerfield

  • Leo’s Table owner Jen Howard in her new South Deerfield eatery in the former location of Jerry’s Place. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • A newly renovated space on the corner of Main and Elm streets is home to Leo’s Table in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Julia Glaser and Jen Howard put together an order at Leo’s Table in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Leo’s Table staff from left are Dan Cutting, owner Jen Howard, Caitlin Hoess, Asela Roberts and Julia Glaser. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Leo’s Table in South Deerfield is now open. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Dan Cutting runs the grill at Leo’s Table in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Grilled foods at Leo’s Table in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 8/9/2019 10:43:55 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Leo’s Table opened its doors this week, ending the only stretch of the past 27 years in which the spot on the corner of Main and Elm streets has been without a breakfast and lunch eatery.

Jen Howard’s new endeavor at 55 North Main St. replaces Jerry’s Place, a Deerfield staple for 26½ years until it closed on Oct. 14, when owners Jerry and Pat Dagrosa retired. Howard became interested in the location since around that time. She held a soft opening Tuesday and served the full menu the following day.

“It’s definitely way busier than we were expecting,” she said Friday morning while hustling around the kitchen preparing food for customers.

The spruced-up restaurant, with about 15 tables, boasts a bright, warm atmosphere. Customers can find menus on the wall after entering, and seat themselves, ordering at the counter when ready. Guests pour their own coffee, in dispensers on two designated tables.

Bela Breslau rode her bicycle to Leo’s Table from her Graves Street home to try the new eatery and she said she loves what Howard has done with the place, calling the ambiance “simple but stylish.”

“I think it’s fantastic,” she said. “We’ve been waiting.”

Customer Jeanine Downie is familiar with Howard’s work, as a regular of Food for Strength, a healthy meal delivery service Howard owns.

“Jen’s awesome. The place looks amazing. It’s fresh, it’s bright, it’s welcoming,” she said. “I just ordered lunch to go, but I’m sure we’ll be back for breakfast.”

Howard, 32, previously explained she decided to name the restaurant after her late paternal grandfather, Leo Bourgault, who she said owned a breakfast and lunch eatery in the Fitchburg Railroad depot around World War II. Howard recalled how Bourgault would often ask her, “Are you a chef yet?”

“It stuck with me. I still remember that to this day,” Howard said. “He was a really healthy, just happy person. I have a lot of him in me.”

Bourgault died Jan. 21, 2012.

“I really wish he could be here,” Howard said.

The restaurant’s menu and hours can be found at leostable.com. Leo’s Table also has a Facebook page.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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