Bread & Butter to close up shop in Amherst’s Mill District

  • In this January 2015 file photo, Brian Knox and his wife Jamie and then 1-year-old daughter Mia, pose for a photo before the opening of Bread and Butter in North Amherst. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Thursday, January 11, 2018

AMHERST — A North Amherst restaurant that became one of the first new businesses to open in the Mill District will close in the next few weeks.

The owners of Bread & Butter announced on their Facebook page Monday their intent to shutter the restaurant, either later in January or in early February.

“It is one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make, but due to many factors we are no longer able to sustain keeping B&B open, and have decided to close in the best interest of our family,” owners Brian and Jaime Knox wrote in the message.

Opened in 2015 at 68 Cowls Road, as part of The Trolley Barn, Bread & Butter cafe was one of the newly located stores on the street, housed in the same building as The Lift salon and close to the Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store.

The building is owned by W.D. Cowls. Cowls President Cinda Jones said leasing agent Patrick Kamins has gotten some interest from prospective owners in purchasing the equipment for $65,000, and taking over the lease.

Beacon Communities Development of Boston intends to break ground this spring on a project across the street that will feature 130 apartments, as well as 22,000 square feet of commercial space, on 5.3 acres.

The Bread & Butter space, Jones said, will be a bargain compared to the cost of building out a portion of the commercial space at the mixed-use project.

Jones said the Knoxes are “awesome achievers” in running a restaurant while raising a young family. She praised their duck confit hash and pork belly benedict with Hollandaise sauce.

The Knoxes thanked staff, customers and vendors and invited people to come again for specialty items, pork belly and waffles.

“We are honored to have been given the chance to make our culinary mark on the Amherst area, and hope to continue to contribute to the local and regional food scene somewhere else down the road,” they wrote.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.