Meet the Team

Meet our Chef Owner Adam Hicks and Jess Bean

Is it possible for two people to have food service in their blood?  To melt all of the Milford culinary history into one single place?  If it is, then The Depot Street Tavern is the embodiment of all of the best of Milford culinary history.  Adam Hicks and Jess Bean each come from separate and distinct local culinary roots.  Adam, at the age of only 31, has 18 years of Milford area food service experience.  Beginning at the age of 13, Adam worked at the well known Cocke and Kettle restaurant in Uxbridge.  By the age of 14, as a culinary student at Valley Tech in Upton, Adam began working at Oliva's Market in Milford where he worked for 10 years learning the value of producing made from scratch food using the best of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  After graduating from Valley Tech, Adam went on to earn a degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island.  After college, Adam worked as an executive chef for 9 years for Sodexo.

Jess started her restaurant career at the tender age of 5 years old when she started serving coffee and busing tables at Marty's Kitchen located on East Main Street in Milford which her mother ran from 1985 to 2000.  After her mother closed Marty's kitchen, both she and Jess became associated with the former Crivello's Crossing which was located at the site of the current Depot Street Tavern.  Crivello's Crossing was a Milford institution, which operated for 75 years from 1938 to 2013 at 45 Depot Street serving breakfast and lunch to the many hungry workers at Milford's bustling shoe factories and the Archer Rubber plant all operating in the immediate vicinity of the restaurant.  Although Jess has worked at many area restaurants, she continued to work at Crivello's until it closed in 2013.  Now, at the age of just 29 years old, Jess  can boast of having 24 years of restaurant experience under her belt.  Just before Crivello's closed in 2013, Adam and Jess first met each other at Crivello's when Adam stopped in with some friends on the way home one night.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Now, just two years later, Adam and Jess have brought their combined 42 years of Milford culinary history together as the owners of the new Depot Street Tavern.  Adam and Jess, along with their budding assistant managers Matthew Bean and Addison Hicks are proud to bring you the Depot Street Tavern, Milford's newest family owned and operated restaurant featuring a friendly casual environment, offering fresh food, cooked from scratch on a daily basis by Adam and his kitchen staff.  Their creative menu and daily specials will change often based on seasons of the year and the availability of fresh local ingredients.  


Meet our Executive Sous Chef: Nate Gardner

Nate joined us here at the Depot St Tavern in August 2014, as one of the opening employees.  He has worked his way up to Executive Sous Chef! .  Nate is from Millbury, MA and is a 2010 graduate of Millbury High School.  When Nate isn't spending time with his daughter Sophie and girlfriend Dakota,  you can find him working on his house or fixing cars.  Nate is also an aficionado of tattoos and death metal.

Meet our Sous Chef:  Buddy Bartlett

"Having guests enjoy their food and experience is what my job is all about and make it all worth it" - Buddy Bartlett

Buddy joined us at the Depot St Tavern in June of 2016.  Buddy is from Grafton, Ma and has been cooking for 20 years!  Buddy is a 2001 graduate of Blackstone Valley Tech and a graduate from Johnson and Wales University.  In his free time,  Buddy enjoys spending time with his two adventurous kids.  He also enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing on the cape and creating new and tasty food for family, friends, and guest to enjoy!  When not at work, Buddy likes to work on projects at home and coaching his daughters softball team.