Plenty of Food Updates Over on the North Shore

We took a look at some Patches over on the North Shore to see what they're up to recently when it comes to food.




reopened at Village Plaza Tuesday with a new owner, a new chef and a new look.

At a meeting in July, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the transfer of three licenses to new owner Jason Rakauskas.
The restaurant was signed over to Rakauskas by former owner and Swampscott resident Patty Johnson. Since that time, he's been hard at work, repainting the inside of the restaurant, hiring a new chef and planning out some exciting changes to the menu.

The restaurant, located on the upper-level of 165 Pleasant St., has two dining rooms, a 16-stool bar, capacity for 168 and a recently-approved outdoor seating area for 20.
The hours of operation will be the same: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.


Earlier this month, opened in the former home of Pellino's Ristorante, located at 261 Washington St.

The owner, Brett Yannalfo, 43, of Andover, said he has always dreamed of opening a restaurant of his own.

"I grew up Italian, so hosting people is second nature to me and that being said, I am going to keep it as Italian, but a little more casual and sort of ‘comfort food’ Italian than what (Pellino's) was cooking," Yannalfo said.

Although the restaurant will still serve Italian fare, Yannalfo said local residents can expect to see some changes to the menu.




to build it, but Five Guys Burgers and Fries is finally open at 227 Andover St. in Peabody.

The Route 114 fast food joint opened its doors Monday to hungry customers. Regular store hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

The restaurant is located next to and across the street from --the site used to be a Mobil gas station.

The company, which has burger joints in 46 states and six Canadian provinces, and 27 in Massachusetts, recently opened new stores in Burlington and Chelsea in addition to Peabody, and has four more in the works between Boston and Westford.


Have you stopped in yet for your favorite bagel?
The shop opened last week at 246 Newbury St. and according to the company website, the hours are the same as at the existing three locations: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Sunday, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

No special hours are listed for the drive-through window. The City Council approved a .


If you didn't get your fill of ethnic food at the main event on Sept. 9, Sunday also marked the beginning of the 5th Annual Peabody Restaurant Week, although it's technically a fortnight of food.
Restaurant Week, which is part of the , goes from Sept. 9-13 and then again from Sept. 16-20 at 16 different participating Peabody eateries, which should cover a wide range of palates.

The market is on the move...again.
Peabody city officials say that "in an effort to boost visibility and foot traffic during the busy autumn selling season," the Tuesday Farmers Market is moving across the street from the over to the lawn in front of . The Sept. 4 market will be held at the new location.




One of the North Shore's best-known dining landmarks is set to re-open its doors later this year, possibly around Thanksgiving.

Attorney Jeff Goldberg and Ship owner Nino Micozzi were among those in attendance at Monday night's Lynnfield selectmen's meeting seeking renewal of the site's liquor license, which was approved. Opening will also depend on regulatory procedures with the town board of health and state alcoholic beverages commission.

The previous incarnation of the restaurant, Mount Vernon at The Ship, went out of business last year and the landmark building has been largely vacant since then. The site on Route 1 South has been home to a Ship-shaped restaurant since at least the 1930s, noted Selectman Bob MacKendrick. Back then, it operated under the name Ship's Haven restaurant. It had at least a couple of other name modifications over the years.




Hale Street Tavern Owners Continue North Shore Expansion
The North Shore-based chain of restaurants that includes Hale Street Tavern in Beverly Farms is adding its first Salem location, according to the Salem News.

Serenitee Restaurant Group plans to open a restaurant named Opus in November in the space that had been home to on Washington Street in the downtown for the past few years.

In early August,.

In Beverly Farms, Hale Street Tavern is undergoing renovations and will be closed until Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Serenitee Restaurant Group's other locations include 15 Walnut in Hamilton, Alchemy, Latitude 43 and Mingelwood Tavern in Gloucester, Cala's in Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Maggie's Farm in Middleton.




A Danvers-based food truck is hoping to go head-to-head next month with food trucks from the Big Apple.
Melissa “Missy” Lindeman and her husband Scott plus her brother Craig Gale all started The Cookie Monstah food truck earlier this summer. It made its debut at the.
Since then, the truck has been set up regularly on India Row near the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.
But next month, the truck is hoping to take on its biggest challenge yet – the Food Truck Throwdown.


Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and don't forget to subscribe for our free morning newsletter if you don't already!

Kathleen September 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
What is happening with Cafe Madrid in Chelmsford, I heard it was closing :(
Andrew Sylvia September 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I was just there, we'll have the story on Monday.
Christine September 17, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Hi Patch, Could you please share this event! It's listed on the events section of the North Andover Patch, but no one will help me cross post it across Merrimack/Middlesex. It's a GREAT opportunity for small business owners to grow thier customer base! Just 20.00 a table. Thanks!! http://merrimackspecialneedsresourcefair.eventbrite.com/


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something