Kevin Dellarciprete and Jessica Wilson, the new co-homeowners of Willow Road Tavern in Hyannis, are great at multitasking.
They renovated their Falmouth house lately just after a little hearth they are acquiring married in a couple of months. And on July 2, they reopened the tavern with a complex new glance (blues and grays) and a produced-from-scratch menu that offers numerous options — including sweet-potato crust flatbread — for gluten-absolutely free eating.
Dellarciprete and Wilson needed to increase the menu and include some entrees to their secure of sandwiches. There are now a dozen offerings, including a grilled flat-iron steak for $20 and a turkey gobbler pie topped with cornbread for $16.
Chowder Fest profitable recipe arrived with the sale
But the few failed to want to remove nearly anything the tavern’s regulars may possibly enjoy. The menu also includes a dozen appetizers, a specialty of roast beef, 8 sorts of sandwiches, a half-dozen burger types and 10 distinctive flatbreads.
“Our largest factor was to make positive it remained a community tavern due to the fact that is our clientele base,” Dellarciprete claims.
Wilson adds, “We are pretty grateful that all of our regulars came back.”
One regular that by no means remaining was the New England clam chowder ($5.99/$7.50) that gained the 2019 Cape Cod Chowder Fest, the past such pageant held ahead of the pandemic struck. The recipe arrived with the restaurant’s sale.
Wilson by now understood numerous of the typical prospects due to the fact since 2018, she says, she labored carefully with the past proprietor, Paul Bevacqua. He’s a buddy who agreed to market her and Dellarciprete the position she served create. The few also praise their landlord, Gilbert Wood, whom they say has been nothing at all but encouraging as they spruced up the cafe.
Their motivation to building a community eatery is obvious in numerous tiny approaches: They consider to maintain entrees at $20 or so, and they give a standing 10% price reduction on foodstuff costs to all initial responders, like law enforcement, hearth, EMTs, nurses and medical practitioners.
“It really is the least we can do right after the yr we have all experienced,” Wilson suggests. COVID-19 constraints forced the tavern, like other eating places, to go to all takeout and then to shut altogether due to the fact the tavern (with 49 seats inside and 16 exterior) was much too little to make a revenue with diminished ability boundaries.
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But the couple used that time to place in new floors, granite tabletops and bar stool seats, and paint, accomplishing the perform by themselves.
Now, in addition to welcoming back regulars, the new proprietors say they are having a good amount of walk-in visitors from the a lot of automobile dealerships in the Willow Street area.
“We do a large amount of takeout business enterprise for lunch. And we are lucky to be in a position to have our menus in most of the dealerships and they will refer persons to us if they want to have a snack or a food while their motor vehicle is currently being fixed,” Wilson suggests.
The menu has numerous gluten-no cost possibilities and dishes that are possibly vegetarian or can be ordered that way. Dellarciprete suggests the yard flatbread pizza ($13 and loaded with vegetables) is one of the most preferred offerings.
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The new house owners have utilized for a Keno license and hope to insert that video game quickly to what the tavern has to offer you.
Wilson operates the bar and host provider, when her fiancé is the govt chef. Dellarciprete has worked in foods services for several yrs and owned the former Firefly Woodfire Pizza in downtown Falmouth.
“My major job throughout the working day is as food items company director at The Pavilion (Rehabilitation and Nursing Heart) in Hyannis and I do some catering and cooking courses at Kate’s (at Tiny Harbor Nation Club) in Wareham, so I have a ton of encounter with food,” Dellarciprete states.
The few has been fortuitous about staffing for dishwashers and other help team since she has a 14-calendar year-old son, he has 14- and 17-calendar year-previous sons and they have pals interested in entry-amount summer months work. Dellarciprete and Wilson basically satisfied 6 1/2 many years in the past by way of their sons’ soccer programs.
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The atmosphere of friends extends to customers. A sign on the tavern doorway listing the hours explains that closing time (normally 8 p.m. Tuesdays by way of Thursdays and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) is flexible.
“If you might be in this article,” the indicator reads, “we are going to be here. We won’t throw any individual out.”
Willow Street Tavern
477 Yarmouth Highway, Hyannis
Hours: Open at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays via Saturdays, shut Sundays and Mondays