Beef Barn to close this week for planned relocation


NORTH SMITHFIELD – Diners have just a few days remaining to grab a roast beef sandwich on Greenville Road before Beef Barn restaurant closes for two to three weeks to relocate to a new home at the former Homestead Gardens.

The restaurant announced this week that their final day at the location – a busy intersection the iconic restaurant has occupied for some 50 years – will be Sunday, August 8.

The business is moving just two miles away to the Industrial Drive property once occupied by Homestead Gardens. Owner Marc Branchaud purchased the 5.9 acre lot last year, and has renovated the space, converting a barn on the property into a new home for the farm-themed restaurant.

After the brief closure, the business will offer patrons all the Beef Barn classics, with casual fare featuring slow-cooked roast beef sandwiches and homemade desserts, and add ice cream, patio dining and more to the menu. The scenic property features walking paths and will boast parking for 66 customer vehicles, with more counter space inside for guests.

The atmosphere will remain the same, from the well-known chicken coops, to a silo originally situated on a farm owned by the family, which will be moved to the new property. 

“The menu is almost identical to the original and though we’ve added a few poultry items, everything remains under five dollars and everything remains homemade,” noted the Beef Barn website.

Opened 1969, Beef Barn was established by Branchaud’s father, the late Normand Branchaud. Normand was a well-known local entrepreneur who ran multiple businesses in and around town, including The Village Haven, and a second Beef Barn location in Bellingham, Mass. He died last year at the age of 82. 

According to a post from the business, completing the move to 200 Industrial Drive will take two to three weeks, and updates will be posted on the restaurant’s website at The Bellingham location will remain open for those in need of a Beef Barn fix in the meantime.

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