ADAMS — Tim Samson learned the restaurant business by working for more than three years at the Berkshire Food Project, a kitchen that serves free lunch to dozens of locals every weekday.
"What an education I got" at the Berkshire Food Project, Samson said. "We were dealing with all kinds of kitchen situations."
Two weeks ago, Samson and business partner Richard Krzeminski opened a new takeout restaurant, The PitchFork, where he is putting those skills to good use.
His plan is to get straight to the point — offer a menu with items that are locally popular, cost little to prepare, and charge a price that Adams residents can afford. And he said the goal is pretty simple — how to turn $2 into $4, and do that enough to support a business.
"I always wanted to run a family business," Samson said, "and sell something fun that everybody loves. Who doesn't love food?"
So Samson and Krzeminski saw the empty space next door to the Viking Pub, and realized that could be the spot.
"We put a lot of energy getting to perfection," Samson said.
As promised, the menu hits all the local highlights. It includes cheeseburger sliders, a variety of regular size burgers, grinders, fresh-cut fries, tacos, wings, boneless tenders, hot dogs and appetizers like jalapeno poppers and onion rings. Prices range from $1.50 for a hot dog to $12.50 for The Pitchfork Juicy Lucy Cheeseburger.
And there are the homemade donuts, which are gaining a following.
Word is getting out quickly, and business is growing. It helps that patrons of the Viking Pub are starting to order items from PitchFork and eat next door in the pub.
Samson said he is glad to have found a place to open in his hometown.
"What better place to open a family fun restaurant where you grew up?" he said. "We want to be here for a long time and every day better than the day before."
The PitchFork is at 85 Commercial St. in Adams. To place an order, call 413-776-7031.