ROUTE 7 GRILL – slow-smoked barbeque and fire-grilled items using hickory and other local hardwoods.

The Route 7 Grill, listed as one of America’s best farm-to-table restaurants in Gourmet Magazine, announces new executive chef Jim Gop, who started his post on March 28.

“Jim is passionate about ingredients – especially from local farmers and producers. His understanding of cooking low and slow meshes perfectly with our philosophies related to Slow Food and Berkshire Grown,” said owner Lester Blumenthal. “Everything we serve, including stocks, soups, dressings and desserts are made from scratch and we are thrilled to have Jim on board to help lead our committed, experienced team on our mission.”
Route 7 Grill makes the most of what the Berkshires has to offer by serving a wide array of foods from local farmers and producers, as well as their own kitchen garden. Their focus is on preserving local farming traditions and all of their meats are naturally raised from local farms or small family farms.
Jim Gop graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in 2008 and worked in the kitchens at Wheatleigh and The Old Inn on the Green. His most recent post was In-House Chef at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace in Great Barrington and Pittsfield where he engaged customers and presented cooking demonstrations using fresh ingredients. Jim created the “Farm Fresh” summer meal events at Guido’s and partnered with Lenox High School to help prepare lunch foods that could be grown from their community garden. Jim’s philosophy on cooking is simple: cook seasonally with local ingredients whenever possible.
“I am excited to work with Lester who is a true foodie and wonderful person, as well as the rest of the Route 7 crew, to bring some fresh ideas to an already successful restaurant,” said Jim Gop. “We are looking forward to our spring harvest tasting dinner on April 26 – five courses of local foods paired with wine leading up to Berkshire Grown’s Farmed + Foraged event in May. We’ve already got our secret ramp spot picked out…”
Route 7 Grill, nestled in the Housatonic river valley of the southern Berkshires, serves a diverse menu appropriate for all ages including soups made in-house from rich stock and local ingredients, salads with a choice of house-made dressings, appetizers, slow-smoked barbeque and fire-grilled items using hickory and other local hardwoods, house specialties including a fish and pasta of the day, and classic sides as well as a kids’ menu. For details, visit
Some of the farms and local providers Route 7 Grill supports include Barrington Coffee Roasters, The Berry Patch, Bow Wow Farm, Equinox Farm, Farm Girl Farm, Herondale Farm, High Lawn Farm, Indian Line Farm, Moon in the Pond Farm, Northeast Family Farms, Over the Hill Farm, SoCo Creamery, Taft Farm, Turner Farms and Twin Oaks Farm (Paul Paisley).
Recognized by Saveur Magazine as Number Ten of the Top 100 favorite restaurants and Voted Best Barbequed Ribs in New England by Yankee Magazine, the restaurant offers a full-service dining room and full bar with an outdoor patio as well as beautiful outdoor facilities for pig roasts, special parties and general relaxation. A catering menu and barbeque by the pound for take-out are also available. Route 7 Grill is a member of Berkshire Grown and Slow Food of Western Massachusetts.
Located on historic Route 7 south in the shadow of June Mountain at 999 Main Street in Great Barrington, Route 7 Grill is open Monday through Thursday from 5 – 9 pm, closed Tuesdays in Spring. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 5 – 10 pm; Sunday, 3 pm – 9 pm. Lunch service is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am – 3 pm. Hours change in summer months to reflect the season.
All major credit cards and BerkShares are accepted. Reservations are suggested. For more information or 24-hour reservations, visit or call 413.528.3235. To receive more info about Route 7 Grill, send email to <>, follow their posts on Twitter at   or visit their Facebook page.

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