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Getting to know your (new) neighbor: Colden Mill Restaurant reopens

THE WHEEL DEAL — Many of the accoutrements residents may remember about the Colden Mill of yesteryear will remain, although the new owners have done extensive renovations.

COLDEN — Colden Mill Restaurant owners Matt Webb and Chuck Morlock have been undertaking restoration of that facility in advance of the restaurant’s anticipated Sept. 24 opening. The restaurant had been closed down for approximately six years.

As of press time, the owners were awaiting a certification of occupancy. The purpose of this certificate is to prove that, by law, the building is suitable for living conditions. This designation is necessary to be able to occupy the restaurant for everyday use and allow the proprietors to sign a contract to sell the space and close on a mortgage.

Morlock said that the restoration process was “quite the tall order.

“Through many years of neglect, after the restaurant closed down, we put our money where it needed to be,” the owner explained. “We have multiple accounts of progress, in many areas, such as revamping the bar counters and replacing the old rugs. There are some similarities to the old restaurant, but we are proud to say that our atmosphere will be upscale and oriented to any kind of family. I think it will be a great place for dates to stop in, after a night out on the town, and we will also feature great banquets, as well.”

TAKE A LOAD OFF — The Colden Mill has several dining areas, to suit patrons\\\' needs.

Both Morlock and Webb have been in the dining business for several years.

“Mr. Webb worked as a chef in such venues as Chicago and the British Islands,” Morlock said, of his business partner. “We are both professionally trained partners of the restaurant business. We are also planning to keep the historic name of the ‘Colden Mill,’ and we see no need to change it; we want to keep the integrity and atmosphere of the town’s history. At this time, we can say that our banquet seating will fit roughly 80 customers, but we will also have smaller dining areas, as well.”

The restaurant started accepting reservations for its facility on Sept. 20 and Webb said the duo has several menu options in mind, for when they open their doors.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN — The Colden Mill has retained much of the same decor, including antique signs and chotchkes that decorate the room.

“The Beef on Weck croquettes is an appetizer served with prime rib, horseradish cheddar and caraway. Some items from the main course will include filet mignon, cowboy steak, seared Ahi tuna, and an American lamb with Concord grape compote, fondant potatoes and asparagus.”

The Colden Mill will be open Tuesday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 3-11 p.m. The owners are still accepting employment applications, as well.

The Colden Mill is located at 8348 Boston-Colden Road.


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