Beef Barn now open on Industrial Drive

Beef Barn now open on Industrial Drive

The new Beef Barn location at 200 Industrial Drive officially opened on Monday. (Breeze photos by Lauren Clem)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Beef Barn officially moved to its new home off Pound Hill Road this week, holding a grand opening celebration on Monday.

The new location, at 200 Industrial Drive, is the former Homestead Gardens property. Customers packed into the property on Monday, closing out their holiday weekend with the restaurant’s signature roast beef and casual fare as they explored the country setting.

“We had just an incredible first day at our new location, and we are all so thankful that our customers are able to enjoy the property and the space,” said co-owner Michelle Branchaud.

Ben Shatraw, a cook and manager at the restaurant, said it was one of the busiest days they’d ever had. The restaurant formally opened its doors at 11 a.m. after several weeks of closure due to the relocation.

Normand Branchaud founded the original Beef Barn on the corner of Smithfield and Greenville Roads in 1969, with his ex-wife, Rolande, later taking over the business and operating it until her death in 2011. Today, their children, Marc and Michelle Branchaud, run the family business along with a second location in Bellingham, Mass.

With the business’s move to Industrial Drive, the Greenville Road corner now sits vacant. Coffee & Cream reopened in Slatersville Plaza in 2019 after a fire destroyed the building several years ago.

Michelle’s daughter, Sarah Christie, said the feedback from customers was positive on the first day at the new location. Customers had good weather on Monday to enjoy the property that Christie said her mother and uncle were hoping would become a destination.

“My grandma would be so proud what they were able to accomplish today,” she said.

Along with the main Beef Barn, which includes the silo from the original building, the property also features the new Pound Hill Creamery and Café. The second building offers ice cream and coffee with indoor and outdoor seating.

Paulette Dutremble visited the restaurant on Monday with her parents, Simone and Fernand Dutremble, of North Smithfield. The group said they took a chance visiting on opening day due to the crowds but enjoyed the outdoor seating at the new building.

“Very nice. They have a good spot here,” Paulette said.

Simone said she and her husband were regulars at the old location, visiting a couple times a week.

“They’ve got a lot more room here, so that’s good,” she said.

The coffee shop was set to begin regular hours on Tuesday seven days a week from 7 to 11 a.m. Ice cream hours are Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 9 p.m., and Thursday through Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. The restaurant’s regular hours are Mondays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays noon to 9 p.m.

At left, brothers Patraic Levreault, 7, and Eoghan Levreault, 8, enjoy ice cream at the new Pound Hill Creamery and Cafe.