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Black Goose Grill offers music, new items

SHARON — When announcing changes at the Black Goose Grill in the Sharon Shopping Plaza, owner Robert Caeners said, “Change is always good.” Those changes include new menu items created by Executive Chef Kevin Cotton.The grill will also now feature live music twice a month. “We tried live music in December, and it was so well-received we decided to make it a regular thing,” Caeners said.The new menu items were also tested out over the winter and deemed delicious and worthy of making it onto the menu.“Kevin introduced a small sampling of his new items, and he’s been expanding and creating ever since, and the feedback has been very good.”Cotton joined Black Goose in December, after his most recent gig as the executive chef and restaurant manager at Bank Street Tavern in New Milford. Nicknamed “Chef Kevin,” Cotton has an impressive culinary pedigree that includes time spent studying under Wolfgang Puck at Chinois in Las Vegas. He has also worked as chef de cuisine at Tollgate Tavern in Litchfield and he worked as executive sous chef under Executive Chef Dan Fortin at Infinity Bistro in Norfolk.The menu at the grill features tasty remakes of classic favorites. The hamburgers have clever names that reflect their variations (Tangled Up in Bleu has bleu cheese, The Cowboy is topped with chili). The Clocktower, named for a Sharon landmark, is a panko-breaded chicken breast served with avocado and bacon.For breakfast, there are multiple variations on eggs including egg sandwiches and breakfast burritos. There are also pancakes, French toast and granola. The music nights began at the grill on Jan. 27 with the local band Swamp Yankee, featuring Rob Daalhuyzen, Joe Heacox, Jim Krissel and Darren Winston. On Feb. 10, the four-piece acoustic/electric band, Wooden Nickel, featuring Lance Middlebrook, John Mathews, Chris Shamkin and Ken Hafford, will perform. Music is live from 8 to 11 p.m. A pub menu, beer and wine are available.The Black Goose Grill is open Tuesday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The grill offers food to eat in and take out; catering is also available. For more information, go online to www.blackgoosegrill.com or call 860-397-5195.

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