NORTH SMITHFIELD – The planned move of Beef Barn restaurant from Great Road to Industrial Drive in North Smithfield moved forward last week with the sale of a portion of the former Homestead Gardens property to the restaurant owners.
According to town property records, MMB X2 Realty, LLC purchased a 5.9 acre parcel on 200 Industrial Drive for $450,000. The address listed for MMB X2 is 7 Trout Brook Lane, a property owned by Beef Barn proprietor Marc Branchaud.
The Industrial Drive lot previously held Homestead Gardens & Gifts, and includes a pond and 18 acres of attractive grounds on what was described on the real estate listing as a “pristine” wooded lot. According to deeds filed Nov. 15, the property was subdivided and owner Pound Hill Real Estate Company, LLC. has retained a 12.1 acre portion.
The complete property was originally listed for $1,100,000. It is assessed at $702,700 and the owner paid $13,259 in property taxes for the lot in 2019.
The family announced the planned move earlier this month after more than 50 years of serving roast beef sandwiches and other casual fare from a highly visible location in a barn on Great Road. Branchaud’s father, Normand Branchaud, built the barn in the late 1960s and the family leased the prominent corner lot from the Valliere family.
Since 2015, Branchaud has operated a second Beef Barn location in Bellingham, Mass.
Coffee & Cream, a breakfast restaurant owned by members of the same family, moved to Slatersville Plaza in North Smithfield, opening its doors on Monday, Nov. 18
The Beef Barn’s new North Smithfield home is roughly two miles from the busy Great Road intersection.
The barn at the former Homestead was built in 1970, and was previously used as a retail store for gifts, flowers and other novelties.
The restaurant owners have said they plan to offer outdoors seating, as well as beer and wine at the new location, and will open in late summer of next year. In the meantime, the Beef Barn will remain open seven days a week at the current location.