Holly Camero [email protected] @BeaconVillager
Oct 17, 2020 at 6:02 AM
Owner Jordan Mackey also hopes to offer digital cooking classes, a wine club and a virtual fish market.
STOW — Fresh fish, healthy grain bowls, breakfast sandwiches and beer and wine are just some of what will be on the menu at Nan’s Rustic Kitchen + Market, opening next month on Great Road.
Owned by 29 Culinary LLC, Nan’s will be run by chef Jordan Mackey, who also runs 29 Rustic on Hudson Road in Sudbury.
When the pandemic struck earlier this year, Mackey said it was known that changes would have to be made to the 275-seat Sudbury restaurant, which has two bars and event space for 150 people. Owners pivoted to takeout service and began to plan for the future.
“We needed to look far down the road and plan for what it was going to be like for our company and our team,” Mackey said. “We have these resources for government funding, so we had to plan what we were going to do, because waiting for this to get better sounds like a really poor idea.”
The group began looking for a place where its vision of a curbside restaurant with a small amount of retail could become a reality. When they found the property at 271 Great Road (Rte. 62) in Stow, they knew they had hit the jackpot.
Nan’s, named for Mackey's wife Reanna (her childhood nickname was Nan), will feature healthy, prepared, family-style meals and side dishes, available for takeout, and limited chef-curated pantry essentials with local products.
The eatery will also sell breakfast sandwiches and muffins, and salads and sandwiches for the lunch crowd. For dinner, it will concentrate on family-style dishes — vegetables, grains, potato dishes and chicken, beef or pork dishes. Smoothies will be sold from “what I understand is the only espresso machine in the town of Stow,” Mackey said. Fried chicken will also likely be on the menu.
For Thanksgiving, he will offer pre-cooked side dishes and fresh turkeys.
Mackey also has other plans for the space, although he admits they will take some time to implement.
He hopes to offer digital cooking classes, a wine club and a virtual fish market. He plans to grow some of his own food on the 2 ½-acre property and hopes to begin raising chickens, primarily as pets.
“We want to have chickens to be able to show people how to raise chickens on their property and show ourselves how to do it,” Mackey said.
Mackey envisions opening a virtual fish market, making the freshest fish possible available to his customers. The idea is that people will purchase the fish online, then pick it up from Nan’s a few days later, fresh off the boat as it were.
“Our partners go shopping at the docks every single day, so we can offer the entire Boston seafood harbor to residents because they will tell us what they want before we (bring) it in,” he said.
The space in the barn will be used to sell craft beer and organically grown wine. For customers who prefer to purchase in bulk during the pandemic, Mackey will offer wine by the case.
Next summer, he hopes to offer farm-to-table wine dinners outside in the garden.
“Chefs want to cook great ‘cheffy’ food,” he said.
Part of the plan is to create a gardening and teaching space.
“Everyone has this fundamental instinct to return to growing food," Mackey said. "I’m seeing more gardens in people’s yards than ever before."
He wants to get students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to garden “dig(ging) in the dirt.” He is hoping to partner with local farms to form a nonprofit to help finance the gardening project.
He knows it will take time for all of his ideas to come to fruition.
“I think there’s more we can do with the space that is centered around our mission and our food concept," Mackey said. "It sounds like a utopian fantasy for today, and it is, and if I can pull it all off, it will be amazing. But if I can pull off 50% of it, it will still be amazing."
Mackey and his family recently moved from Boxborough to Stow, where they plan to live near Nan’s Rustic Kitchen and Market.