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originally published in the Metrowest Daily News on January 23, 2017 by Jonathan Phelps​(edited for space purposes)

Husband and wife Kevin Carter and Margaret Nichols bought the Bakery on the Common on South Main Street in Natick in October and a few months later opened The Common Cafe & Kitchen.

​Since 1999, the couple has run a catering company, La Fete.  Nichols said her husband was itching to get back into a restaurant kitchen. “It was always in our plan to open a cafe,” Nichols said.

She said a lot of work needed to be done to transform the space into its new modern-vintage look. The former bakery was in business for 17 years.

“We wanted it to be fresh and current, both from an aesthetic standpoint and the type of food we serve,” Nichols said.

The restaurant features organic produce and antibiotic and hormone free meats. Craft beer and wine is also served.

Some of the menu items include The Oddfellow sandwich, roast beef, horseradish cream, arugula on sourdough ($11); Vegetarian sandwich, roasted eggplant, pickled red onion, arugula, shaved manchego cheese on a baguette ($10) and variety of soups and salads ($5-$9). Breakfast is served until 11 a.m.

Nichols said they plan to add pop-up dinners once or twice a month, which would require reservations.
“Even before we opened we felt a lot of love,” she said.

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