Open Table's New Facility
Look what your support has made possible! For the first time in 27 years, Open Table of Concord and Maynard will have its very own location with dedicated facilities including a pantry, kitchen, and community dining area! This is a game-changing move for Open Table and its guests and it would never have been possible without your most generous and deeply appreciated support.
In May of 2015 we lost dinner and pantry services in Maynard’s Clock Tower facility due to new ownership of the building. We moved the pantry and the dinner into two temporary spaces in Maynard and Sudbury respectively, while maintaining our program at the First Parish in Concord.
During this period we worked with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread, and the Carlisle Group and held focus groups, facilitated conversations and discussions with donors, guests, and volunteers to learn what they were looking for in a permanent site; we were pleased to learn that our mission is powerful and our program is portable
On July 8, we signed a long-term lease (with option to purchase) with Aubuchon Realty for their former Hardware Store at 33 Main Street in downtown Maynard. The site is within walking distance of many of our guests and ideally located for the zip-codes we serve. Construction has begun and we are scheduled to open early next year. Updates and information about the new facility will be available on this page throughout the buildout; check back often!
Vision for the Future
By moving to this large, dedicated location in Maynard, Open Table will be able to offer more meals and extended pantry hours. Having a permanent location will allow us to revolutionize our pantry so that our guests will enjoy a normal supper and shopping experience, choosing from a variety of healthy food as they push their carts through the aisles. Additionally, the extra refrigeration and freezer space will allow us to glean and store ‘rescued food’ from local restaurants and farms increasing the variety of healthy choices available.
But the most exciting possibility is that by having our own space, we can reimagine Open Table as a place for community around healthy eating. We can expand our programming to include menu-planning sessions, budgeting, help in decoding Medicare and Medicaid programs, cooking demonstrations, classes that teach teens how to cook, workshops on living with diabetes and hypertension, special luncheons and celebrations for the elderly (partnering with local Councils on Aging).
Thank you for your support in getting us here!
Vision for the Future
Thank You to Our Professional Supporters
Open Table wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the following companies who are providing design, building, legal and other professional support for the buildout of our new facility. We could not do it without them!
Thank You to Our Supporters
Open Table also wishes to thank our wonderful supporters who are helping us fill the new facility with supplies and equipment that will greatly improve the experience and services for our guests. Our most sincere thanks to:
Trinitarian Congregational Church
Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
The Nash Family Foundation
Checkout and Scale
Alpha Restaurant Equipment
Range Hood Sensor
Greater Boston Food Bank
“Reach-in” Refrigeration and Freezers
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Open Table need a permanent site?
- Our current sites are temporary, have limited time available for us to use them, and/or lack space for food storage.
- When we lose our space due to changes by the lessor, people who rely on us go hungry.
When will the renovation be completed?
- We expect to be hosting dinners and offering additional pantry times to our Monday nights in our new facility at 33 Main Street in Maynard by June, 2017.
What will happen to the community supper in Concord?
- We will continue to serve the dinner in Concord and keep the pantry storage site on Everett Street. Guests that attend the Concord dinner will be apprised of the pantry schedule in Maynard and encouraged to come.
Recent New Facility News
To All Open Table Volunteers Re: Open Table Closings, Transitions and Openings Jeanine Calabria, Executive Director of Open Table May 21, 2017
And there is light... Pendant lights in the dining room space of our new facility. The beautiful lights were donated by architect, Holly Cratsley, of Nashawtuc Architects, and installed pro bono…
The new home of Open Table is beginning to look more and more like an open, inviting place to cook, serve, distribute and enjoy food! Most of the utilities have been…
Open Table wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the Greater Boston Food Bank for the capacity grant they have awarded for the "reach-in" refrigeration and freezers for the pantry…
The permanent home for Open Table is really beginning to take shape. The kitchen floors have been finished and the range hood has been installed. The hood looks huge! All…
Open Table wishes to again thank Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation for their generous support for the walk-in refrigerator for our new facility. The addition of this refrigerator will greatly…
The construction of our new site continues, with paint going up on the walls. We’re excited about the colors – warm golds and bright greens. Jim Terry reports: The kitchen…
Jim Terry checked in on the new facility buildout this week and has some photos to share. Significant progress has been made and the future spaces are easier to visualize…
Wicked Local Concord, the online version of the Concord Journal, has an article about Open Table, our plans for our new facility in Maynard, and how our Concord operations will…
Jim Terry had a chance to check in on the progress of the new facility buildout today, and sent along some photos. As you can see, the framing of the…
Progress continues on the buildout of our new facility in Maynard, MA. As this photo from December 26, 2016 shows, the framing of walls is underway. Check our New Facility News page…
Construction of the new Open Table facility in Maynard has begun! Keep up to date on the news about this game-changing development and all of the exciting new possibilities that it…
It’s been a long time coming, but Open Table has finally found a home in Maynard: 33 Main Street, the site of the former Aubuchon building. This space will allow…