Since opening about ten months ago in October of 2014, the 1950’s themed Breen’s Diner in Pepperell has been consistent in great food, service and atmosphere. Consistency, especially in food quality, is what all restaurants aim for in their opening months. It can set the pace of business and reputation of an establishment for years to come. What cannot be overlooked in finding consistency, in fact what is the key underlying factor, is management.
At Breen’s, all aspects of business operations are under the watchful and ever-present eye of owner, manager and head cook Jeff Breen. His decades long history in the local restaurant, food and service industry speaks to the ongoing success of the relatively new business that bears his name.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Ashby), Jeff owned and operated a restaurant in Willard Brook State Forest very near Damon Pond. For years the business served everything from breakfast to ice-cream and experienced great success until external circumstance forced the shuttering of its doors for good, the location has remained unoccupied for nearly two decades. The external circumstance was the owner of the property raising the rent month by month based on the success of the tenant business.
From operating a highly successful family-run small business, Jeff ended up taking a position as head chef at a Raytheon facility here in Massachusetts. There for over a decade, Jeff had to prepare and implement daily changes to a menu and restaurant that served heads of state, foreign royalty, dignitaries and other government officials from around the globe.
Today, Jeff pours his vast reserves of knowledge and experience
into his family’s namesake diner. Giving Breen’s Diner that consistency, especially in the areas that people look for it most. There never seems to be a moment during business hours when Jeff cannot be found on-site. In the kitchen, behind the counter or on the checkered dining floor and always chatting with guests and employees about ways to improve upon his business to better serve the public.