by Susan Winters
This evening I had the pleasure of attending the soft opening of the Redding Roadhouse. Count the days, Redding! Just a few more until the public opening will be on January 31.
The building itself is sparkling and inviting. All of the old favorites are still there… the mural, the train, the fireplace. But, the furniture has been refinished, the couches recovered and the train oiled so it chugs smoothly around the track.
The dining room has been painted and renovated. A clever addition is a glass topped tree trunk table that will be used as a bread station or to introduce chef treats.
Erin and Shawn Reilly are the new owners of this local favorite and they are very excited to be opening the doors to old fans and new friends.
The couple moved to Easton when they were looking for a place to raise their two young sons. When the Roadhouse went up for sale, the Reilly’s took the opportunity to work on a project together.
Shawn is a restaurateur from New York City, specializing in eco-friendly concepts. Erin’s background as a fashion designer is evident in the light and airy redecoration. She incorporated all of the must-keeps like the pool table upstairs and added comfortable seating and conversation nooks.
The Reilly’s took great care to staff their new venture with people who understand quality and service.
At the bar, head mixologist Nikki has created a roster of inventive and delicious cocktails. Margaritas are made the old fashioned way with egg whites and citrus. Nikki hand infuses gin with hibiscus tea for a drink she calls the Easy Wind.
Chef Caesar cooks what Shawn calls “New England Pub Fare.” Delicious, innovative and hearty comfort foods will be offered.
Tonight I tried the black bean burger and it was delicious! Its very hard for a pescetarian (almost vegetarian… I eat fish) to find a really delicious veggie burger. The black bean burger with chipotle jam hit the spot.
The freshly made churros were crispy and just the right amount of sweet with a delicious chocolate dipping sauce.
Redding’s favorite gathering spot will be open in just a few days.
The new Redding Roadhouse is located at 406 Redding Rd, Redding, at the intersection of 53 and 107.
The bar… the mural, light fixtures and antler light fixtures are still there
Train still chugging away…
New communal tables in the enclosed patio bring the outside in
The main dining room
“Good omens” Spiced Rum, Grilled pineapple,
lemongrass syrup, all spice dram, tikki itters over ice
Black bean burger with chipolte jam. Crispy and hot french fries
“Easy Wind” red tea infused gun, honey, lemon, grapefruit liqueur, ginger syrup
House made Cheese steak Egg rolls, Pulled Pork Nachos
The pool table is ready for a game
Julia and Adam Pemberton having a night out
Head mixologist Nikki