• The Place

If you've ever driven up Route 3A through Tyngsboro, you've probably passed by The Pines.

A landmark building on the Tyngsboro-Hudson border for 50 years, The Pines has been completely renovated on the inside, with new plumbing, kitchen equipment, electronics and a sleek new dining room, complete with an iconic Pines mirror left by the previous owners.

  • The People

 

Frank Bobola, owner of Bobola's Family Restaurant in Dracut, purchased The Pines at the beginning of 2013, keeping it closed for nine months while the renovations were being done. When the restaurant reopened in September, he installed his son Derek as the manager.

Derek Bobola of Nashua, manager of The Pines Restaurant in Tyngsboro, with menu items, from left, pancakes, haddock plate with fries, veggie omelette with
Derek Bobola of Nashua, manager of The Pines Restaurant in Tyngsboro, with menu items, from left, pancakes, haddock plate with fries, veggie omelette with home fries and toast, and turkey club with French fries.

"We're trying to get the word out," said Derek, who runs the kitchen with fellow cook Gene Cyr. "We've had people come in and say, 'Ah, I didn't know you were open.' "

  • The Food

The Pines has a similar diner-style breakfast and lunch menu to Bobola's in Dracut.

"Breakfast is what we're known for," said Derek, as he sat next to a pile of fluffy pancakes and a plate-sized omelet.

He highlighted some of the specials The Pines offer on a day-to-day basis, like the Captain Crunch French Toast, the Almond Joy Pancakes, and the Chipotle Benedict.


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Even though The Pines isn't open for dinner hours (it opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends; food service closes at 2 p.m. and it isn't open on Mondays), you can still try classic home-style dinner meals like the meatloaf or the turkey dinner, as well as the fresh seafood like the haddock.

  • The Cost

Derek said that $8 is the sweet spot to pay at The Pines, as that's the price for most of the sandwich options and the high end for almost all the omelets and other breakfast options.

You'll have to shell out a little extra if you want some of the seafood dishes, and maybe even more if you choose to play Keno or buy scratch tickets, both of which The Pines offers all day and even after food service closes from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Pines is located at 194 Frost Road in Tyngsboro. For information, call 978-649-7662.

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