WAKEFIELD – Superintendent David DiBarri of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School (Northeast Metro Tech) and Culinary Program Head Liz Beals recently announced that the James Wallace Breakheart Inn will reopen to the public for sit-down meal service. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the closure of the James Wallace Breakheart Inn – Northeast Metro Tech’s in-school restaurant – in 2020, but the restaurant will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Students in the Culinary Program prepare all meals served at the Breakheart Inn from scratch each day, and serve them as well, as part of the Culinary Program curriculum.
Starting on Jan. 5, the 52-seat restaurant will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations can be made by phone on the day of service. To make a reservation, call 781-246-0810 ext. 1114.
Guests wishing to enjoy a meal at Breakheart Inn will need to wear a mask to enter the building, at the main entrance to check in and to enter the restaurant. Masks may be removed when guests have been seated and must be put back on when getting up from the table.
As the restaurant reopens, Chef James Nolan will join the team in the back of the house as a new chef instructor. Nolan is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and brings 29 years of teaching experience and more than 35 years of professional cooking experience to the Culinary Program. Nolan is energetic, positive and looking forward to bringing new ideas and new skills to the students.
“I’m excited that our students will once again have the hands-on learning opportunities that the James Wallace Breakheart Inn provides when it is fully operational,” said DiBarri. “We will have ample safety measures in place to maintain social distance and safety amid the pandemic, and we invite the community to stop by and see what our students are cooking.”