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New Ownership at the Wardhurst

The Lynnfield Street restaurant is under new ownership, but don't expect too much to change.

The Wardhurst Grille at 31 Lynnfield St. in Peabody. Credit: File photo
The Wardhurst Grille at 31 Lynnfield St. in Peabody. Credit: File photo

The owner may be new, but that’s about the only change slated for the Wardhurst Grille.

Regular patrons of one of Peabody’s more iconic eateries should expect the same Greek favorites to grace the menu and pretty much everything else to remain very familiar.

The Salem News reports that Spero Demakes, the owner of Matty’s Food & Spirits on Endicott Street in Danvers, recently purchased the Lynnfield Street restaurant from Peter Routses.

Demakes tells the Salem News the restaurant is an “institution” and he’d “be crazy to go in there and blow it up.”

Demakes, 40, is the son of the late James Demakes of Jimmy’s Allenhurst fame. The younger Demakes worked for years in the family business and also ran the former Spero’s Sports Pub and Grill in Danvers and has a share in Sidelines in Salem.

Routses, 68, ran the Wardhurst for many years, taking over from his father George, who first opened the restaurant in 1949.

Routses tells the Salem News he’s looking forward to retirement, however, and more time to spend with his wife Sue and their grandchildren.

You can read more on this story here in the Salem News.

DEBBIE July 06, 2013 at 09:42 AM
Wishing Peter and Sue enjoy many years of a "Healthy and Happy Retirement". You deserve only the best. Congratulations to Spero on his newest journey to take over the amazing Wardhurst. I do agree with you.. as the old saying goes, "if it ain't broken, don't fix it".
Saber Walsh July 06, 2013 at 12:43 PM
What a positive story, all around. Best of luck to everybody!!!!
cris anastopoulos July 07, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Two Great Families, Routses and Demakes...I took my family to Matty's by the Danvers mall New Years Eve for lunch.....everything was perfect.....the hostess, staff, food, atmosphere .....looking forward to them running George and Peter's Wardhurst.....The Demarkes Family should open a Whalers Pub back at the North Shore Mall Too !!!!! Thank you To Peter for everything ,all The Greek Easters and special family dinners ...and for the Mickey mouse drinks you made me at the Cocktail Lounge a the Shopping Center over 40 years ago .....We often think of your Dad George with many great old memories......Good family ,Good Friends....My best, Cris Anastopoulos

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