wine, spirits, beer, food, local

These are very difficult times for the restaurant/tourism business, and it is especially difficult for family-owned farms. We appreciate the support that we have received, and we thank everyone that appreciates all of the changes that we have been required to institute for the safety of our visitors and staff.

The guidelines issued by Governor Baker are intended to prevent the spread of the virus by restricting the number of people in contact with each other.  If a person infected is with a group of 6 people, then only 5 people are potentially infected.  The fewer people exposed, the lower the potential spread.  Larger groups present greater risk, so it is the responsibility of the Government and owners to evaluate the risk they are willing to accept.    Although large gatherings have been expanded by the Governor to 10 or fewer people per reservation, our decision is based on our operations based on the tables we have and what we feel is best for our customers and employees.  Our staff has become very comfortable with how we are managing our tables and distancing which is very important to us.  Based on our operations and experience, we are limiting reservations to 8 people or fewer on our picnic grounds and 6 people or fewer at our restaurant.  It is not always about satisfying the guidelines of the government but also about evaluating the safety and executing operations with our experience and doing what is best for our customers, staff, and our operations.  We believe our approach is safer and more in harmony with our operations.

We do not allow the grouping of tables and we do not accommodate groups asking to be seated near each other as multiple reservations.  Allowing people to book multiple reservations, putting two tables together or next to each other creates a reservation for a group larger that we permit.  We do not allow people at one table to move from one table to another as this completely circumvents the purpose for reservation limits.   If we see a person moving from one table to another, service to both tables will be terminated immediately.  Items ordered will be packed and prepared to go for off-site consumption and everyone at both tables will be asked to leave.  If you feel that this approach is harsh then the simple solution is to comply or find a location that does not consider the threat of Covid-19 to be concerning.

Difficult times make difficult decisions, but we are comfortable running our business as Governor Baker would like us to run it and in a manner that is contributing to the effort to stop the spread of the virus. While we do not expect everyone to agree with our decision, we do ask that you respect our decision by not attempting to circumvent the rules that we intend to enforce.  A great experience when visiting is based upon your expectations but also upon accepting the policies of the venue.

The rules are applied equally to everyone and it is only with the cooperation of everyone that our country will prevent the spread.  Should you make multiple reservations, we will cancel all reservations that we determine to pose a risk to our staff and customers.  Your deposit will not be refunded.

Again, difficult times make difficult decisions, but we are comfortable running our business in the most responsible manner possible and we hope that you will support our decision to follow the guidelines and promote safety.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

Guidelines issued by Governor Baker which are intended to prevent the spread of the virus.

Guidelines issued by Governor Baker, all establishments serving alcoholic beverages must

  • Limited reservations to 10 people or less.  Please note that our maximum table size is 8 people so we limit reservations to 8 people at a table with 8 chairs.  All other tables are limited to 6 people at a table for 6 and 2 people at a table for 2.  We do not allow the addition of chairs to increase the number at the table.

  • Must have all customers seated.

  • Must require everyone at the table to order food prepared by the restaurant’s kitchen prior to serving any alcoholic beverage.

  • Effective Tuesday, August 11, 2020, aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and has now mandated that Restaurants may only serve alcohol for on-site consumption if accompanied by orders for food prepared on-site.

Definitions:

People include children and babies. We are unaware of any exemption to this rule for larger families or groups living together.

Seated means that all people, children, and babies, must be seated at the table at all times except for necessary travel to and from the table. People are not permitted to be away from the table or to run around the table.

Food prepared by the restaurant – “Restaurant” means an establishment that provides seated food service that is prepared on-site and under a retail food permit issued by a municipal authority pursuant to 105 CMR 590.000. Potato chips, pretzels, and other similar pre-packaged, shelf-stable foods, or other food prepared off-site do not constitute food “prepared on-site.”

Our goal is to be the most responsible business we can be by adhering to the guidelines and accepting the responsibility to apply the guidelines in a way that will achieve the intended objective. It is not only for your health but for the health and safety of our staff. We am comfortable with being overly cautious and overly concerned. Please appreciate that many people support our decision and our approach so allowing deviations from our policy is also a violation of their trust. We will modify our approach when Governor Baker provides more guidance or determines that we have the virus under control.

Please join with us to follow the rules and move forward.