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Webster’s newest dining spots

by Janet Stoica

WEBSTER – New eating spots are popping up all over town and Webster has four new dining establishments that foodies might want to sample.  Webster was in great need of a great cozy breakfast (and lunch/dinner) bistro and Peachtree will surely fill that hungry void.  Located in the former Titi's Townline  restaurant building, near the French River, at 29 Main Street, the building’s interior has been completely done over with warm earth tones complete with pleasant window treatments.  According to Mr. Bill Stakos, one of the owner/partners, “Everything here is delicious and fresh. The surroundings are clean and organized.  We also have a large wait staff and experienced cook staff.”  The menu has classic breakfast egg dishes, omelettes, pancakes & waffles (breakfast served all day) as well as many lunch and dinner items that include nine types of salads along with soups, sandwiches and full chicken, steak, and fish dinners including pasta dishes, even gourmet pizza.  Coming soon is a full liquor license. The enthusiasm of Mr. Stakos along with his partners, Mr. John Tekelis and Mr. Bob Tsitlidis, is very evident as they are also the owners of Northeast Pizza located on South Main Street.  (Open:  7 days/week from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Phone: (508) 943-5500)


The brainchild of Mr. Dean Packard, principal of Charlton Middle School, is the Lobster Nook, located at 32 Main Street.  Kitchen manager, Mr. Adam Fasshauer, was proud to show off the outlet’s 1,000 gallon fresh lobster holding pen.  “450 pounds of live lobsters are brought in weekly right off a friend’s Maine lobster boat,” said Adam, “they are separated and kept in holding crates within the main tank that allows us to keep them healthier as the nutrient-filled sea water circulates around them.”  Everything seafood fills the menu selections including a colossal lobster roll (warm or cold) as well as oysters, clams, scallops, and shrimp.  Diners can eat in or out on umbrella-covered picnic tables watching the traffic roll by.  A beer and wine license includes Copa Wine in individual servings (as seen on the TV show, Shark Tank).  “Our clam chowder is made from scratch,” said Adam, “courtesy of a lady named, Brenda, otherwise known as ‘Sweetness’ and I actually had to audition cook for Mr. Packard before being hired.”   After cooking a large seafood platter filled with scallops, clams, shrimp, and haddock, Adam was hired.  “I consider myself Clem’s prodigy,” said Adam, referring to his grandfather, Mr. Clem Starosta, a well-known local cook.  (Summer hours: Thurs – Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Phone: (508) 461-9810)

Who doesn’t like chicken?  Crown Chicken is one of 26 locations in New England owned and operated by the Zia family.  Their first location opened in Rockaway NY back in 1995.  Their newest store is located at 180 Main Street at the corner of Mechanic Street.  The tantalizing aroma of fried chicken, the main menu item, beckons you inside.  “Business has been brisk,”  said Mr. Masoog Zia, managing partner along with his brother Zayan, “our food is made to order and also includes hamburgers, gyros, chicken tenders, and steaks.  We also offer a 5% discount to our Senior Citizens as well as Students.”  Buffalo wings, wing zings, kabobs, sandwiches, and wraps round out the menu including several appetizing dessert selections.  Crown Chicken also offers specials on large quantities as well as delivery on orders over $10. (Hours: Every day from 10 a.m. – Midnight.  Phone: (508) 943-0714 and 943-0715) 

According to Ms. Kimberly Zeng, family spokesperson for Wind Tiki Restaurant located at 154 Thompson Road, “Every patron who has entered our doors has told us that they are happy and pleased that we’ve reopened.  We haven’t really done any advertising yet and word-of-mouth has brought former customers back to our restaurant.  Business has been very good.”  Ms. Zeng also explained that the restaurant is her family’s first business venture but all members have years of experience in restaurant management, cooking, and wait-staffing.  Most of her family hails from the greater Boston area.  When asked if there would be any changes to the interior or exterior, Ms. Zeng explained that they had fixed or were in process of repairing the essentials of the property but in the future hoped to replace the tables and chairs.  Their menu includes Polynesian dishes as well as lo mein, egg foo yong, moo shi style offerings, and the traditional pu pu platter.  Lunch specials are also available.  They hope to have a website up and running in a few weeks.   (Hours:  Mon & Tues 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Wed – Sat until 12 a.m. and Sunday 12 noon – 12 a.m. Phone: (508) 943-6996)