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Inside the new Lakehouse Tavern. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.




Lakehouse Tavern

Where: 157 Main St., Hopkinton
Anticipated hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays (closed on Tuesdays), and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the weekends
Call: 746-1800 or find them on Facebook at “Lakehouse Tavern.”




New eats by the lake
Lakehouse Tavern opens in Hopkinton

03/01/18
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 After months of renovations, the new Lakehouse Tavern in Hopkinton is now open. The historic building was originally a house more than 80 years ago, and most recently was the site of the former Number 5 Tavern on Main Street in Hopkinton, according to Richard Ridinger, who took over the space in October.

“I’ve lived in town since 2000 and I’ve always wanted to own a restaurant,” said Ridinger, who co-owns Lakehouse Tavern with his wife, Nancy Hoffmann. “Then a restaurant four miles from my house went on the market.”
As was the case with the Number 5 Tavern, there is a downstairs seating area with a bar and live music acts, as well as an upstairs seating area that offers a more quiet dining atmosphere. The Lakehouse Tavern renovations included tearing down a wall on the lower level to add more dine-in and bar seats. The upstairs room has a small sitting area for people waiting to be seated, and a door leading out onto a deck, where additional seating overlooking the lake will be available in the summer. Ridinger said the same menu will be available on both floors.
“We’ll be open for lunch and dinner,” he said in the days leading up to the opening. “The dining room [upstairs] will just be open for dinner, unless down the road the lunch is going to be so busy that we need to open the dining room for it. But primarily lunches will be served downstairs.”
Prime rib will likely be available every Thursday through Sunday.
“We’re also going to have hand-cut fries and onion rings, which are going to be really good,” he said. “We’ll have lobster fritters as appetizers, and some nice salads.”
Other items include Coquilles St. Jacques, a scallop dish with shallots, mushrooms, cheese and bread crumbs in a wine sauce.
“That’s a little unique to this area,” Ridinger said. “We serve it … with some crostini and it’s just yummy goodness. Traditionally, it could actually be an entree, but we’re going to try ours out as an appetizer. But if you like scallops and wine, it’s pretty tasty.”
The menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, pasta dishes and other unique options like stuffed mushrooms which can have either a seafood or a vegetarian stuffing. For drinks, a variety of wines and local craft beers are available at the bar, courtesy of Granite State breweries like Henniker Brewing Co. and Concord Craft Brewing.
Ridinger  said he expects the restaurant to become a great option for families traveling through the area.
“You know, for people who come up skiing on the weekends, or go to lake houses, and want to stop somewhere to feed the kids, have a glass of wine or whatever, this place is perfect,” he said.
He said he also hopes to rent the space out in the future for events like weddings and parties.
“We’re envisioning that if someone wants do an outdoor wedding by the lake, they can rent a tent, and we could provide the food either inside or outside,” he said. 





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