Radio Show #288 – “The Changing Face of
West Springfield Dining” with Joe Stevens

Long-standing restaurants of all manner of cuisine in West Springfield are ending their days.

Debbie Wong, the Monte Carlo, and the White Hut have stood for decades, satisfying the tastes of West Side diners!

Only the White Hut has attracted the restaurant “cavalry” of Messrs. Yee and Picknelly, in another rescue operation.

The latest departure from the scene is 1105 Main, formerly the Hofbrauhaus.

After two eras of rebranding, owner Joe Stevens has opted to close down and sell off the real estate.

In this program, Joe relates the circumstances motivating his decision, provides some insight into why the dining scene is changing, and also what is next for himself!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Mayor and a large group of Springfield officials tour the Watershops Pond Dam.

Mark Auerbach reviews “Jane Eyre” at Hartford Stage.

Zerah Gonsalves closes Modern Bridal after 80 years in business.

Joe Stevens on the closing of 1105 Main.

Granville Fire Dept warns – again – stay off the ice!

Springfield Police Dept. continues to crackdown on dirt bikes and ATVs.

“Fat Tuesday!” Paczki time at Bob’s Bakery in Chicopee!

Jill Phelan named as new principal at Highland Elementary School.

Southwick Select Board approves new TVs and other equipment for Council on Aging Bingo!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 24, 2020

About Super Tuesday in Mass.

Mayor Sarno at the East-West Rail study meeting.

Springfield mayor recognizes Walmart store for their community support efforts.

Final determination on cause of death of Beulah the elephant at the Big E.

Joe Stevens closes 1105 Main and puts the building up for sale.

Southwick deputy fire chief charged with drunk driving and other infractions.

Greenfield residents trash fees increase.

West Springfield interim police chief ends his run.

“Wheelie Kids” wreak havoc on Springfield streets, other communities as well.

Bernardston is the latest town seeing an increase in vehicle break-ins.

“Hands-Free” vehicle laws now in effect.

Radio Show #223 – Joe Stevens and the Story Behind the New 1105 Main

Western Mass. restaurateur Joe Stevens continues his fine dining adventures, transforming the venerable Hofbrauhaus into 1105 Main in
West Springfield!

This sparkling new restaurant represents a dynamic change from the previous venue –  and a new journey for Joe!

What’s the thinking behind this rebranding?
What’s it like to move through this kind of transition?
What’s the style, cuisine, and atmosphere of 1105 Main all about?

Listen in!

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Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 24, 2019

Longmeadow gas leak.
St. Mary’s High School will stay open for the 2019-2020 school year.
The Hofbrauhaus becomes 1105 Main, with Joe Stevens.
Mass. State Lottery moves some warehouse operations to Worcester.
Ignoring the state’s “Move Over” law could cost you!
166 vehicles towed due to the parking bans in Springfield and Holyoke.
Bright Nights salutes the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Ludlow chooses the name for its new school!
Audiologist speaks at Holyoke Medical Center on tinnitus.
Improvements to the dangerous “Longmeadow Curve” on I-91 are planned.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Super Bowl!
Cold weather.
Uber responds to higher fees proposed legislation.
Two Mass. state reps again pursue raising income taxes on those earning in excess of a million dollars.
Court interpreter Joseph Jack retires.
Rachel’s Table holds “Foodraiser” for furloughed federal employees.
Baystate Medical Center puts visitor restrictions in place due to flu.
Wind chill warning includes time limit on pets kept outside.
Great restaurants in the region participate in “Chefs For Jimmy!”
Amherst Model Railroad Society at the Big E!

Radio Show # 148 – Joe Stevens, Hofbrauhaus

The Hofbrauhaus, a signature Western Mass. restaurant, has shut down after some 83 years.

Joe Stevens made the decision, and joins us now on Pioneer Valley Radio to tell us why.

As a career restaurateur, he has given us some insight as to why other iconic restaurants in our region have also ended their run.

What’s next for Joe?

Listen in!