All Inn the Family
Wakefield Inn & Restaurant reopens with new owners, menu
Innkeepers Colleen and Dino Nicastro of Wakefield purchased the inn in May for $450,000 from chef and innkeeper Janel Martin, who sold the business to pursue a new college degree and other interests with her family.
In a recent interview, Colleen and the family talked about how they came to become innkeepers and their vision for the future.
The restaurant's first dinner menu on June 14 featured prime rib, seafood risotto, chicken Marsala and pistachio salmon, a choice of cheese lasagna or meatballs with spaghetti as a pasta dish, a variety of appetizers, and a diet-busting dessert menu featuring cannoli, tiramisu, homemade sorbet and homemade cupcakes. Christina brings with her many years of experience as a chef and pastry chef for restaurants and elderly care homes.
"I loved it, and I loved the area," she said. The couple, originally from Gloucester, Mass., soon purchased a vacation home on Belleau Lake, but with retirement five years ahead of them, they started looking for a way to escape "the rat race" and for something to keep them busy after they left their jobs. Colleen has her master's in business administration and works in computer technology, and Dino works in the Construction Trades Union 22. After their weekend stay at the inn, Colleen found out on Facebook the business was for sale.
Plans include partnering with events organized by local groups such as the Heritage Commission, which is working to transform the nearby Grange building into a museum.
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