We know area residents don’t just stay in their own town when they want a night out and a break from cooking.
Restaurant coming and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month. Here's a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the region in the past month.
Liquor License Approved for Ginger Gourmet in North Reading
Management from the Ginger Gourmet Restaurant attended the Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night, for the second time, to have their liquor license approved. The board voted unanimously to approve the license.
The Asian restaurant, Ginger Gourmet, will be opening at 265 Main St. in lot #10. According to Manager Mark Zeng, the restaurant is going to be a first class, fine dining Asian restaurant with Chinese and Japanese food.
New Owner to Take Over Restaurant and Function Facility at Thomson Country Club
Owner of Teresa's Italian Eatery in Middleton, Nick Yebba, Sr., is taking over the restaurant and function facility at the Thomson Country Club. The transfer of the liquor license was approved at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting, and Yebba plans to make some major changes to the club.
Yebba is "seeking to maintain the same level of service” that the club had before, according to his attorney. He will transform the restaurant into a steak house called Theresa’s Prime, which Yebba referred to as a "high end, moderately priced restaurant."
Market Street Gives Update On Foundation Construction
In an update on its marketstreetconstruction.com website this week, National Development reports that foundations for a number of the buildings in its first phase of retail buildings are “well underway,” with the foundation of the building that will house Whole Foods now said to be about 75 percent complete.
The foundation for the future site of the Yardhouse Restaurant is reportedly 100 percent complete, while preparations for structural steel erections on two buildings have begun as well.
Landmark Lynnfield Restaurant May Reopen By Thanksgiving
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.
Countryside Deli Owner Plays Various Roles In Town
For more than 30 years, Lynnfielders have enjoyed lunch and dinner at the Countryside Deli on Salem Street—and its current owner has run the eatery for much of that time while also working as a public safety professional in town.
Mike DiCorato bought the Countryside Deli in 1993. DiCorato said that he has about eight employees and that all of the food at Countryside is homemade—some of which he learned from his mother, and other recipes that he taught himself.
Cravings Travels Back In Time
Try taking an ice cream parlor and literally moving it across the street.
That's what Rick Campbell, the owner of Cravings since March 15, 1993, of Salem, N.H., did when he relocated his existing business into a vintage ice cream parlor, with the look of the 1920s after the original owner died from 400 Main St. to 389 Main St. Now called Creations, 400 Main St. sells organic lunch and smoothies.
Gingerbread Construction Company Involved In the Community
Local grocery store bakeries are probably the most inexpensive choice. But if gourmet pastries are what you're looking for, The Gingerbread Construction Company, at 52 Main St., isn't a bad gig, either.
Nineteen varieties of the store's muffins have been recognized by the Phantom Gourmet and have won other awards. Phantom Gourmet loves the Strawberry Shortcake, but Blueberry is the most popular with customers, which haven't stopped coming in since the Wakefield location opened in 1995.
Gemma Site Could Become ‘Cooper’s Tavern’
The recently closed Gemma Ristorante in Arlington Center might become “Cooper’s Tavern.” If approved, Cooper’s Tavern will be just steps away from the original Cooper’s Tavern, where, on April 19, 1775, “the old men of Menotomy” planned an ambush on a British supply wagon.
Later that historic day, British troops stormed the tavern, killing Jabez Wyman and Jason Winship, both of whom were unarmed. The troops also pillaged the tavern, according to a guide by the Menotomy Minuteman Historical Trail. Today, the Cooper’s Tavern monument (pictured) in front of Starbucks marks the old site.
Royal Dynasty will soon have a new owner and a new name. After closing its doors for at least one month, the Wilmington Chinese restaurant will have a new look as well.
During Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Victor Hui, the president of Pacific Sunshine, requested a transfer of the all-liquor license for the business that is currently known as Royal Dynasty.
Initial Results Are Heav'nly for Wilmington's Newest Business
Heav’nly Donuts got off to a fast start in Wilmington. But the town’s newest coffee shop may just be starting to rev up its engine.
“So far it’s been a great start. There are a lot of kinks to work out when you’re bringing a fresh business to town,” said Renny Schofield, who opened the Main Street location on August 20. “Right now we’re getting very close to firing on all eight cylinders.”