WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Tavern on 7 is opening at Waubeeka Golf Links and restaurant manager David Travisano wants everyone to feel welcome in the overhauled restaurant.
"It is about the product that we will be serving. Scratch, fresh cooking with great service," he said. "There is a great ambiance here looking out over the golf course it will be a great dining experience."
Travisano, who used to cook at Taconic Golf Club, plans to completely rebrand the form W Bar & Grill hoping to bring in both club members and the public to the golf course on Route 7.
"We want to make this Williamstown's newest dining destination," he said. "Although we are doing things to add value to our membership, we are also going to operate independent of the golf."
Travisano said the interior was freshened up in preparation of the April opening.
"We refreshed everything," he said. "We added some high tops in front of the windows, brought in a couple more TVs, and put on a fresh coat of paint."
Patrons can also expect a new expanded menu with an emphasis on fresh scratch cooking.
"We have tavern food but there is a little bit of everything," he said. "It is all scratch cooking. We don't work out of a freezer."
Lunch includes various sandwiches, salads and soups as well as tavern classics and, while the dinner menu also has cornerstone tavern eats, people can also order dishes such as eggplant parmigiana, artichoke and goat cheese ravioli, and Tuscan pork chops.
There is also a lounge menu where patrons can simply grab a drink and order a burger, Bavarian pretzels, wings, or various grilled pizzas.
Travisano said they will also serve Sunday brunch and provide a catering service.
"Someone can book a party here in the clubhouse or under the tent or we can bring a full buffet to their house," he said. "Or maybe they just want to add a plate of lasagna to what they are cooking at home."
Travisano said he hopes the restaurant becomes more than just a meeting place for club members and that he is looking forward to summer nights with extended hours on the patio.
"I feel that the patio is a real opportunity on Fridays and Saturdays with the fire pit and live entertainment," he said. "Maybe some acoustic music and other fun summer events ... We would like to be to the point where we could promote events all summer."
The Tavern on 7 is expected to open slowly first for lunch, then next week for dinner, and for brunch on April 28. Call ahead to confirm hours at 413-458-6000.
"It will be a great dinner, a great ambiance with great service," Travisano said. "It will be some of the best food you are going to eat this side of Williamstown."
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Mount Greylock Committee Hears Concerns About Turf Field Plan
By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
Rubber infill from the turf field at Weston Field adheres to a reporter's leg after a minute lying down on the surface to take a photo.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee last week declined to slow plans for installing an artificial turf field at the middle-high school but members noted that there is still time to weigh health and environmental concerns before shovels go into the ground.
The full School Committee earlier in the spring authorized the Phase 2 grounds subcommittee to put the turf field out to bid this summer.
Since that time, committee members have heard from a number of residents concerned about studies that have linked "infill" materials in used in turf fields to higher rates of cancer and environmental contamination due to runoff from those fields.
"Some of the chemicals found in crumb rubber are known to cause cancer," a fact sheet from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell reads in part. "Because of the large number of chemicals present in the infill, as well as the health effects of individual chemicals, crumb rubber made from recycled tires is the option that likely presents the most concerns related to chemical exposures."
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