Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Boardroom Bistro Restaurant Recently Opened on Middlesex Turnpike

The Boardroom Bistro opened on August 23rd at 54 Middlesex Turnpike. I recently spoke with David Smerling, one of the owners. David and his business partner Jeff, have own the two buildings (that houses office space and The Goddard School at 52 Middlesex Turnpike). The partners thought that adding a restaurant to the building would be a big plus for tenants and decided they would do it themselves. This is the first restaurant they have opened (David mentioned he has lots of experience in eating while Jeff has more of a culinary background). With the location on Middlesex Turnpike near Crosby Drive, they figured that most of their customers would be from nearby businesses and so choose a name they thought would be a good match, along with a company "Boardroom" theme.

The restaurant was designed so nearby workers can come by for a quality meal and still get back to work fairly quickly. Customers order at the counter, they receive a chess piece to place on their table, and the order is delivered to them. The restaurant has 96 seats which includes 3 outdoor tables. In addition, the restaurant features free WiFi, online ordering and take out (including drive up). They currently have 4 employees and hope to add a few more as business ramps up.

The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm and features Breakfast Sandwiches, Burgers, Deli Sandwiches, Salads, Smoothies, Pastries along with personalized coffee.

Customers can customize their coffee by choosing from a wide selection of whole beans.

The Boardroom Bistro offers corporate catering and they are willing to rent out the restaurant for functions on the weekend when the restaurant is normally closed.

The restaurant features an open setting area with free WiFi.

According to David, lunchtime has been very busy. Most of the customers have been from nearby offices. He has seen a few Bedford residents but realizes his restaurant is "on the other side" of town. He is interested in getting more involved in the community such as sponsoring a local team.

After ordering, customers are given a unique Chess Piece that is picked up when the food is delivered to the table.

The Jersey Joe Triple Decker is a Boardroom Bistro speciality. The restaurant claims to have the best hot corned beef on rye this side of NYC.

Along with the typical pastry items, the restaurant also features Greek, Italian and Jewish Specialities such as Mandel Bread. 

Right behind the restaurant, is the Goddard School. David, envisions that parents will stop by for a cup of coffee or a quick bit when dropping or picking up kids.

The Boardroom Bistro will soon offer drive up service behind the restaurant. Workers will come out and bring the order directly to your car.

The bar area is open from 4pm-7pm for customers who want to enjoy a cocktail with their meal.
The restaurant features an outdoor patio that can seat 14. A permanent sign should be added shortly.

This area of town has been missing a nearby restaurant where you can grab a quick bite. The closest similar places were Famous Pizza on Bedford Street in Burlington and Subway on Middlesex Turnpike in Billerica both about 1 1/2 miles away. As previously mentioned, a new restaurant called Pedro's has just opened across the street in Billerica at the old Naked Fish location. Lola's restaurant was supposed to open earlier this year in Taylor Pond but still appears to be delayed.

Phase 2 of the Middlesex Turnpike Widening Project is just beginning. When completed (currently scheduled for Spring of 2013), the road will be 2 lanes in each direction along with a turning lane and a sidewalk on the south (aka Bedford) side. The widening will all take place on the south side, bringing the restaurant about 30 feet closer to the road, increasing it's visibility (currently the restaurant is hard to spot while driving by). It will be interesting to see if the sidewalk brings any foot traffic since the Heritage at Bedford Springs and Taylor Pond apartment complexes are just a short walk away.

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