Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 20, 2012
Operators of Seasons to open the Factory Tavern
At former Bayview Restaurant location
Kristian Burrin, the current chef at Seasons of Stonington. Burrin and business partner Graham Bolton recently purchased the building of the former Bayview Restaurant and are renovating it to become The Factory Tavern, to open in early November. Behind Burrin is the gutted kitchen.
by Jessica Brophy
Seasons of Stonington closes October 7 and will not be reopening. Fans of the restaurant should not despair, however, as operators Kristian Burrin and Graham Bolton are opening a new venture in early November.
The new eatery, to be located at the site of the former Bayview Restaurant on Seabreeze Ave., will be called the Factory Tavern. The name is a nod to the property’s neighbor, the former seafood canning factory now home to the Isle au Haut Boat Company.
The restaurant will be “much more casual” than Seasons, said head chef Kristian Burrin. It will have a pub/tavern style menu, with a range of specials, including some up-scale or fine-dining options.
“We want to appeal to as many locals as possible,” said Burrin. Burrin and Bolton started offering a “pub night” at Seasons earlier this year and found it well received by locals and visitors alike.
Appealing to locals will be important, as the Factory Tavern will be open year-round. From October through May, the restaurant will be open Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. From May to October, the restaurant will be open five days per week, from Wednesday through Sunday. Burrin said he hopes to increase the amount of takeout sold, and hopes to offer kinds of food not typically available during the winter on the island, such as curries.
The property, purchased by Graham and Burrin, is currently in a thorough remodel, including a complete kitchen gut, a sprinkler system install and other work upstairs and down. The downstairs, which will include a bar and television, will seat 24. The upstairs will also seat 24 in two rooms and house an office. During the summer, Burrin said picnic tables and outdoor seating will be available during lunch.
“Local response has been great,” said Burrin.