The Story of Baystate Hospitality Group

Our family traditions and childhood led us to the restaurant business…

Since we had the idea in 1992 for our first restaurant, the Freight Yard Pub has become a local institution with a devoted customer base, as well as many long-time employees who we call our “Freight Yard” family.

Colleen Taylor and Sean Taylor

Colleen Taylor, joined by her brother Sean and his son Tanner, says that regularly driving past the former Dairy Queen on Curran Highway (Route 8) in North Adams while making deliveries for the Freight Yard Pub inspired the idea of converting the building for takeout service and a base for their catering operations. (Photo courtesy of Berkshire Trade and Commerce, October 2020.)

We work hard to provide delicious food, excellent customer service and a welcoming environment to the North Adams community and the entire region. We want to see North Adams succeed and we’re committed to the long-term health and vitality of the Northern Berkshires.

In addition to Freight Yard Pub, we’ve been involved in several restaurants including local favorites Taylors and the Water Street Grill. Now, as the Baystate Hospitality Group, we manage three great North Adams restaurants: the Freight Yard Pub, Trail House Kitchen and the Craft Food Barn.

We named Trail House for its prominent location along the Mohawk Trail and the Appalachian Trail. We want to link Trail House to that history and create a place where both locals and tourists feel at home. At Trail House, our menu reflects more farm-to-table fare, as well as vegetarian meals and offerings for those with food sensitivities. Our local farm partners such as Burnett’s Farm, McKay’s Family Farm and Berkshire Mountain Farm supply us with fresh meat, eggs and vegetables.

Our latest restaurant is the Craft Food Barn, which we call the Berkshires’ Take Out Restaurant. We offer full restaurant fare in convenient take-out packages and delivery. We’re open breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire year.

Our catering services will impress your guests at your place or ours. Make your wedding, engagement party, graduation celebration, birthday, christening, product launch, wake, or VIP event something to remember.

We will cater, style, and serve and impress your guests. Use our wonderful outdoor spaces: the patio or under our tent. Host in our upstairs private dining rooms, with fireplace. Or, let us bring our homemade soups, fresh salads, house-blended salad dressings, delicious desserts, and made-from-scratch entrees to your home or office.

Colleen and Sean Taylor