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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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8 NORTH SMITHFIELD NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION NORTH SMITHFIELD – It was 1969 when Normand Branchaud, father of current owners Marc and Michelle Branchaud, opened the Beef Barn restaurant on the corner of Smithfield and Greenville Roads. Now, 50 years later, the business is on the move, with a new location planned for a property that's familiar to many area residents. On Saturday, the owners announced on Facebook they plan to move the business to the former Homestead Gardens property at 200 Industrial Drive. The post drew an immediate reaction from the restau- rant's many devoted patrons, quickly racking up more than 600 shares. Explaining the decision to move, Marc and Michelle said it came about because of physical limitations at their current property. The corner lot, which is owned by the Valliere family of North Smithfield, has lim- ited parking and suffers from conges- tion at the light on Smithfield Road. The new location, they said, will offer six acres of property with room to expand the business. "This rustic setting will allow us to not only increase our seating capac- ity, but also provide outdoor seasonal seating and ample parking," they wrote. "Our plan is to keep as much originality of the 'Barn' with a little more elbow room." In 1969, Normand Branchaud constructed the original Beef Barn after leasing the corner lot from the Valliere family. His ex-wife, Rolande, later took over the business, eventu- ally passing it on to their son, Marc, and daughter, Michelle. Normand continued to operate Coffee & Cream restaurant in the building next door, which today is owned by his son, Jonathan. In December 2017, the building that housed Coffee & Cream was destroyed by a fire, leaving an empty space next to the Beef Barn's iconic building. Though the Beef Barn was unharmed, Marc and Michelle said in their post that fire and demoli- tion issues contributed to the deci- sion to move the business. Coffee & Cream reopened at a new location in Slatersville Plaza this week. The move will bring new life to a property that has been empty for many years. Once a private busi- ness known for its farm animals and Christmas displays, Homestead Gardens later reopened as a rec- reational space and workshop for people with disabilities under the Woonsocket-based Homestead Group. Since the group left the property in 2011, it's been the site of occasional events and briefly hosted an ice cream shop. At one time, the town considered purchasing the property to build a new public safety complex. Marc and Michelle said they hope to complete renovations at the new property and open in late summer Beef Barn relocating to Homestead Gardens property By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY LAUREN CLEM BEEF BARN owners Marc and Michelle Branchaud announced over the weekend they're moving the restaurant from its iconic location on Greenville Road, left, to its new loca- tion at the former Homestead Gardens, 200 Industrial Drive, above, at the end of next summer. Continues on next page

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