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"Somethin's Brewin" at a Former Library-Turned-Cafe in Lakeville, MA
Somethin's Brewin' Cafe photo, Lakeville, Mass

Article and photo by Eric H.

I love offbeat New England restaurants, the ones with unusual architecture and staff that hasn't gone through a management trainee program to learn how to be personable and upbeat in just two weeks, after being miserable for, say, 22 years.

Regarding unusual restaurant architecture, New England
does have its share. There's the "Leaning Tower of Pizza" structure at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, MA.  How about the giant hot dog sign at Tex Barry's Coney Island Hot Dog in Attleboro, MA?  Or the Chinese Embassy-like look of the Kowloon exterior is Saugus, MA? What about the silo rising above the Beef Barn in Smithfield, RI. There's also DiMillo's Floating Restaurant (Portland, Maine) and The Castle (Leicester, MA), accurately-named restaurants.  All these restaurants look different, indeed, and have employees that are not mandated by management to sit down right next to you, manufacture some kind of forced, two-minute "friendship," and then take your order.

My favorite new offbeat restaurant is the Somethin's Brewin' Cafe in the small southeastern Massachusetts town of Lakeville.  A beautifully restored former public library built in 1914 -- constructed from an Andrew Carnegie $5K offer -- Somethin's Brewin' now resides as a charming breakfast and lunch place with freshly-prepared food and a dash of Cambridge Harvard Square-type coffee house funkiness. 

With a stone exterior -- including a grand archway -- and granite steps leading to the old, thick wood doors entrance, you know the prospects of landing at a box-shaped, generic restaurant with cardboard box-like tasting food are virtually nill.  The classic library interior (thankfully, minus the old, musty book smell) proves just that with a brick, wood-burning fireplace, handsome oak floors, detailed wainscotting, antiques, memorabilia, paintings (including a portrait of Carnegie), beautiful, long windows with mullions dividing each pane, high ceilings, a "disorganized" organized setting of tables and chairs, and a cushy sofa with a convenient coffee table create a dining sense of place that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. What appears to have been a tiny public library has been transformed into at the rural corner of Routes 105 and 18. Lively, leisurely conversation takes place, clearly from locals who were starving for a community meeting place in a town center with little more than municipal buildings, a church, residential homes and an absolutely stunning lake.

Somethin's Brewin' rises above the typical breakfast and lunch pack featuring gourmet fresh-roasted coffee in several different flavors, and some tempting menu selections: cinnamon and raspberry pie dough twists, muffins (amazing chocolate chip!), scones, cranberry walnut chicken salad (quite flavorful and plentiful), balsamic tuna salad, quiche, homemade soups and salads. Specials of the day feature chicken and meat pies, and calzones.

Service is quite welcoming at the walk-up ordering area/open kitchen, with obvious pride of ownership intact. You get the feeling the Somethin's Brewin' staff loves its unique setting and the chance to bring to a community, a meeting place. What better place to start a hometown restaurant than utilizing a former public library where one can enjoy good conversation along with a cup of fresh coffee and a nice breakfast or lunch?

Somethin's Brewin' Cafe interior photo, Lakeville, MA

Somethin's Brewin' Cafe
241 Main St.
Lakeville, MA 
(Corner of Routes 18 & 105)
Tel. (508) 946-5055


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