A Peek at Area’s First Whole Foods as it Prepares to Open

The bar inside the new Whole Foods Market in Amherst has a pool table and, for those daring enough to try it, a sponge candy-flavored milkshake that can be boosted with a shot of alcohol.

There’s a gas fireplace, rustic chandeliers and beer taps topped with old billiards balls. The bar boasts a rotation of local brews, and the menu showcases local touches, such as a burger on weck with First Light goat cheese, horseradish and sauteed onions.

It’s the rare bar and restaurant inside a grocery store that feels removed from the store – Wegmans also has The Pub at its Transit Road store – but it’s not the only notable feature shoppers will find when Whole Foods opens on Friday.
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