New Eatery, Jae's at the Clark, to Open June 9

For Immediate Release

May 24, 2005

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is pleased to announce that it is working with local restaurateur Jae Chung in creating "Jae's at the Clark."  Berkshire favorite Scott Avery will be chef of this new food service establishment. Opening June 9, "Jae's at the Clark" will offer a full service lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. when the museum is open June through August.  Jae's will also provide year-round food service for the coffee cart at the Clark.

"The Clark is delighted to be working with a restaurateur who is as well-known and respected as Jae Chung," said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark.  "We are hoping that 'Jae's at the Clark' will become a destination restaurant not just for our museum guests, but for all residents of Berkshire County and the surrounding area." 
The café menu will include a variety of French-inspired specialty soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées, and desserts as a nod to the summer exhibition, Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile opening June 5.  A unique addition to the menu will be bento boxes, complete luncheon boxes of Japanese inspiration featuring one main component and four accompanying dishes presented in a beautiful box.  Grilled salmon teriyaki, 12-piece Maki, sushi, and California roll combination bento boxes will be offered. 

The coffee cart will be in operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering sandwiches, salads, sushi, and child-friendly cuisine including a "Peanut Butter Palette" consisting of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the shape of a painter's palette complete with a chocolate "paintbrush," carrot sticks and granola.  A selection of sushi will be delivered daily from Chung's sister venture, Jae's Inn of North Adams. 
Chung spent his youth in North Adams.  He is well-known in Massachusetts and beyond for his restaurants including Jae's, Galaxy Grill, and Jae's Back Bay, all in the Boston area, and locally, Jae's Inn in North Adams, and Le Jardin in Williamstown. 

Also a local fixture, Avery is a familiar face in and around western Massachusetts, most recently spearheading the operation of the ever-popular Miss Adam's Diner in Adams.

The Clark will celebrate 50 years of Art in Nature by opening to the public for 50 consecutive hours from 6 p.m. on Friday, June 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 5.  Activities of all sorts are planned around the clock for all ages during this anniversary celebration event. Admission to the galleries and most events is free throughout the 50 Hours. Weekend highlight include the opening of the exhibition: Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile and fireworks.  Please visit www.clarkart.edu for more details.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The Clark galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open daily in July and August.) Adult admission during the summer season is $10 (free to children 18 and under, students with ID, and members). For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.
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