James Gang Hideaway is open!

Joan and Jim SpauldingHey Northfield tastebuds – you now have some fresh and flavorful options such as grilled asparagus, brie, roasted red peppers, with a basil pine nut pesto or fajita chicken, grilled zucchini, roasted red onions, topped with provolone cheese and pesto mayo – both on ciabatta bread and hot off a pannini grill. That’s the sort of fare being offered at the James Gang Hideaway now open downtown on Division Street.

Co-owners Joan and Jim Spaulding (pictured) also operate the James Gang Coffeehouse on Highway 3. They’ve brought over many of the mainstays from that enterprise and added a whole lot more.  “Our appetizers are not your standard fare,” says Joan, offering olive tapenade, basil pine nut pesto and Italian oils and bread for dipping as examples. The HideAway also provides deli service with fresh pastas and pre-wrapped sandwiches to “grab and go.”

Their wine and beer list is unique to the area, too. They have selected “the best of very good products.” By limiting their list to a dozen or so wines and half a dozen beers, they’re confident they’ll be able to give their customers quality beverages at a reasonable price.

Ambiance? It’s warm and inviting, complete with a fireplace. “It’s less of a bar – and more of a ‘date night’ sort of place,” she offers. “A place where a group of gals might stop for a glass of wine.”

By day it offers counter service, a place for moms and their kids (with a play area), the coffeehouse crowd and business people on their lunch hours. After 4 p.m. table service kicks in and it transitions into a “comfortable place to enjoy family and friends.”

Editor's Note: Rob Schanilec sent us this story from his Northfield Entertainment Guide. Griff Wigley sent us the photos (click the attachments to view more).

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