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Meet Gerry and Brigid Meehan of Waterfall Bar and Grille in Canton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gerry and Brigid Meehan.

After months of long build-out and reconstruction, Waterfall opened its doors in November 2014. Gerard (Gerry) Meehan had many years’ experience in the construction industry as a general contractor, working on building-out spaces for other restaurants. As Canton residents, he and his wife, Brigid, frequented the restaurant/bar that previously occupied the space. When it closed, they saw an opportunity to start a new chapter in their lives, as restaurateurs.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We are fortunate that the residents of Canton welcomed a new restaurant addition to the town, and, as long-time residents of Canton, we know a lot of people here who have been extremely supportive. But, it hasn’t always been easy, and one of our biggest challenges is staffing. Having gone through a couple different executive chefs, we have had to reinvent the kitchen a couple of times to get to where we are now. It’s been a 360-degree learning process, and it continues to be, in all the various operational aspects that comprise the restaurant business. It’s an incredibly hands-on business, and you can’t take your hands off the wheel for even a minute.

Please tell us about Waterfall Bar & Grille.
We have a beautiful location right in the heart of Canton Center, with an outdoor patio space in the summer that overlooks Forge Pond and the Waterfall. We are proud to be able to provide exceptionally good food and offer items that are “not your average pub grub,” but are still accessible. We make everything here from scratch, and we shop daily for our produce, seafood and meats, so we are all about fresh, homemade food. The bar is extensive, and we constantly add new items, particularly those native to Ireland, like Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin. We are Irish, after all, so we like to infuse a taste of what we love into both the food and the drink, without overtly being an “Irish pub.” One of the things that has really taken off is our function business. We know how to throw a party! And we throw lots of them, from baby and bridal showers, to rehearsal dinners, Baptisms and Communions, birthday parties, and everything in between.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
The best part has been the journey, but if we had known then what we know now, we would have had the processes, procedures and all the documentation that we have now already in place. We’ve really had to “learn on the job,” and we still do.

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