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The Meadows reopens in Canton, five months after tragedy

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CANTON — The Meadows Restaurant has reopened, roughly five months after owner Richard F. Morrow was struck by a vehicle and killed Dec. 23 while riding his bicycle over the Park Street bridge.

The original owners of the business, Terri L. and Richard C. Nautel, decided to leave retirement and reopen the popular home-style cooking restaurant they started in 1994 on land adjacent to their home, outer Park Street.

“I didn’t like retirement,” Mr. Nautel said. “People are so happy we’re back open. No matter where we went people would ask us what’s going on with the restaurant.”

The Meadows is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week and serves breakfast foods all day. Several of the former staff members have returned.

Mrs. Nautel said she’s also happy to be back in business and is confident that Mr. Morrow is smiling down from above.

“I think Dick Morrow would be very happy. He was really a generous guy,” Mrs. Nautel said. “He helped people quietly and didn’t want to be noticed.”

The menu continues to offer daily specials and comfort foods such as hamburgers, fries, soups, hot and cold sandwiches, eggs, omelets, pancakes and other breakfast items.

On the lighter side, the restaurant serves five different veggie burgers including a new choice made with cranberries, sunflowers and mozzarella cheese. Another new choice is a chicken salad sandwich with celery and cranberries.

The couple also have brought back LA cinnamon bread, a popular item that was last available in 2012 when they still owned the business.

Using a new food distributor has also helped the Nautels keep their prices down, they said.

“We’ve been able to lower all our prices, the whole menu,” Mrs. Nautel said.

Besides a hot meal, Mrs. Nautel said the Meadows is a gathering place for regular customers and is welcoming to new ones.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response,” she said. “People are happy. I think we fill a void.”

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