“I’m very happy to see another establishment open up in the Buzzards Bay district,” he said. Board chairman Stanley D. Andrews said he saw no reason to deny Mr. Smith his license to operate. The board concurred and unanimously approved the license contingent on final inspections being passed. The Rod & Rail is slated to open in the former Buzzards Bay Tavern at 149 Main Street in Buzzards Bay. Owner Jennifer Reid and general manager Matthew Hennessey went before the board of health and said the new establishment will specialize in creative comfort food.
The Bourne Fire Department was scheduled to do its inspection last Friday, July 16, and a plumbing inspection also needs to be scheduled, Ms. Fitch said. She added that she would also be conducting a final walk-through of the new business on Friday. Health inspector Stephanie Fitch said she did an inspection on June 28 and identified a few items that needed correction. Ms. Fitch also noted that Mr. Smith’s occupancy and food permits have been issued.
“I’m very excited to see what it will be like,” she said. TJ’s Bar and Grille is set to open under new owner Chad Smith at 4 Bourne Bridge Approach. Mr. Smith appeared before the board of health Wednesday night and said that his intention is to “mirror the business that was previously there.”
Mr. Andrews explained that because the Buzzards Bay Tavern had been closed for more than year, the Rod & Rail was being treated as a new restaurant, not one transitioning from one type of restaurant to another. “We have regulations that we have to follow,” Mr. Andrews said. The owner of the building, Peter J. Luciani Jr., said the number of seats in Rod & Rail will be less than were in Buzzards Bay Tavern. He questioned why the toilet number was okay for the previous business and not for the new business.
Ms. Fitch said there were questions as to whether the number of toilets in the building complied with current regulations. It was noted that there are two in the women’s restroom and a toilet and urinal in the men’s room. Ms. Fitch said “Really excited to get into the community,” Mr. Hennessey said, “and help bring some more business to the downtown area.”
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