Live Jazz, New Eateries, Restaurant Week All Coming to the North Shore
Here's a look at the North Shore news in food.
Restaurant comings and goings, new businesses and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on North Shore Patch sites over the past month.
Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories that were recently covered on area Patch sites. Read through our round-up for the latest food news.
Su-Chang's Restaurant is livening things up for its customers. The popular Lowell Street Chinese eatery received approval from the City Council last month for live entertainment on certain days, specifically up to a four-piece band.
An application from longtime owner Suzanne Waite said the intent was to bring in a jazz trio three nights a week. Televisions will also be added now and the band will take up space near the bar.
The wait is over — the Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar is open in Salem.
Salem's newest eatery, which is located in the old Lakay Island space, opened on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Parking will be validated for guests in the Museum Place Parking Garage for up to one hour beginning on Nov. 1, the business announced.
Londi's Famous Roast Beef, Pizza and More specializes in roast beef, salads and calzones. But their extensive menu has many more choices, from subs and triple decker club sandwiches to specialty pizzas that owner Ted Londi has learned to gauge what's popular according the season.
"Right now, we are selling a lot of roast beef and club sandwiches," he said. "But in the winter it's all steaks and dinners. But pizza is all the time, starting on Thursday through Sunday - it's all about pizza."
At 116 Water St. in the Danversport, Londi's was one of the first businesses to open after the infamous Thanksgiving Day Blast shook the neighborhood back in 2005.
Restaurant Week Kicks off Sunday
Beverly Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday, and several restaurants have already debuted their special menus to the public.
Click through this PDF gallery to to view each restaurant's menu. We'll add menus as they're announced.
With the start of the new season, Marino's Cafe is bringing a fresh menu to the table.
Endicott College alum Torie Fansworth said she and co-owner, Beverly native Anthony Marino, chose to revamp the menu by chiseling it down and "sticking true to our convictions."
Those convictions include signature seasonal items that will change throughout the year.
Terry's Ice Cream Shop reopened in their new space on Atlantic Avenue Saturday.
It's been more than a year since Terry's owner Carlos Rocha had to close his doors after an electrical fire left his former location on School Street with extensive water and smoke damage.
A request for an outdoor dining area adjacent to the high-end restaurant expected to open on the first floor of Warwick Place sometime next year was unanimously approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night.
The meeting drew a crowd of town residents to the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Abbot Hall, many of whom spoke in favor of the outdoor seating area, which will be located in the building's rear courtyard.
Unable to secure a liquor license of their own, the owners of the recently-opened Casa Corona Restaurant are now looking for permission to have their customers bring alcohol in with them.
A formal request for BYOB designation was read aloud at Wednesday night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen and members opted to refer the request to Marblehead's Town Counsel.
HAMILTON - WENHAM
Mangia licensee Derek Langone said the company takes a "measured approach" to choosing new locations said he feels Wenham will appreciate the company's focus on quality. Mangia has seven existing locations, including two in Boston plus Brookline, Cohasset, Hopkinton, Norton and Sharon.
The Wenham Tea House moved oh-so-close to getting a liquor license on Tuesday night after getting an OK from the Wenham Board of Selectmen.
Nobody spoke about the license application in front of the Board of Selectmen during a public hearing at Wenham Town Hall. The entire hearing lasted less than 10 minutes.
The previous operator of the Wenham Tea House chose not to renew the lease and left last December. When Henry’s of North Beverly and its owner, John Koehane, decided it wanted to take over the Tea House operations he said he also wanted to have a pouring license. The Tea House previously had a so-called “package store license” that allowed bottled wine to be sold.
The process of getting a pouring license for the Tea House has, so far, been a seven-month long process. Voters first approved the sending the measure to Beacon Hill as a Home Rule Petition in a Special Town Meeting vote in February. It was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in June.
JP Licks, a chain of ice cream shops headquartered in Jamaica Plain, will open three new locations in 2013, including one in Lynnfield.
This week, Rockland Trust announced $4.5 million in refinancing to help the company expand. According to the announcement, JP Licks was established in 1981 and currently has 11 locations.
The Lynnfield location is expected to open up in Market Street at Lynnfield when the development is complete in 2013. It will join other major announced tenants such as Whole Foods, Davio's, and Legal C Bar. The ice cream chain's other locations will be at Assembly Road in Somerville and 1106 Boylston Street in Back Bay.
North Andover had a food-filled September. First, local businesses gathered for the North Andover Fall Festival. Stachey’s was there raising money for the Santa Parade.
“You meet a lot of new people, new faces, and become friends with everyone,” Dave Holland of Stachey’s said of NAMA. “People want to come in and support the business just like you want to go and support what they do.”
Then, North Andover held its Restaurant Week, which was a huge success. Dozens of restaurants in town offered great deals for customers as well as special menu items.
“I’ve been seeing a lot of new people coming in, a lot of new faces,” said Michael Saal, a manager at The Loft. “I’ve gotten good feedback on it, so I’d call that a success. The North Andover Merchants Association does a lot to help out local restaurants which Saal and his staff are thankful for.”
And Smolak Farms is so into the autumn food season, they even added a pumpkin tree.
Andover was given a couple treats in recent weeks.
According to health director Tom Carbone, the owners have already gotten all construction permits from the town and are now working on preparing the interior of the store.
Carbone said as soon as they are finished with the inside construction, they plan to open.
"Hopefully, they’ll be open be soon," said Carbone.