After four years of slumber, Johnson’s well-loved Long Trail Tavern will reopen by the end of the month — possibly sooner. “If you drive Route 15 between Cambridge and Johnson, everyone knows exactly where that is,” says Scott Mansfield, who owns the building with partner Garth Cross. (For those who don’t, it’s at 1015 Route 15.)
The building’s outside may look similar, but inside, an extensive renovation has “transformed” the place, Mansfield says, into a light-filled space with “40 feet of nice cherry bar,” a pool table, a jukebox, flat-screen TVs, nine taps and even a brand-new juicer for cocktails. “Everybody who sees [the room] says it’s amazingly beautiful,” Mansfield asserts.
Menu-wise, regulars can expect a pub-style menu with “burgers, chicken, wraps, nothing out of the normal,” according to Mansfield, which they can wash down with cold pints of Long Trail Ale and beers from Switchback Brewing Company and Rock Art Brewery.
The partners say local demand played a role in persuading them to finally renovate and reopen the Long Trail, which will be run by manager Jerry Corkins. Indeed, the tavern’s Facebook page is full of reminiscences of decades of bygone drinking. One patron remembers getting drenched in the nearby river after a “few beers” led to a fishing excursion. “Wet money buys beers, too,” he wrote.