The Studio Restaurant & Bar Returns to Gloucester for the 2023 Season Thursday

Smith Cove hangout returns with new chef, tiki cocktails

The Studio Restaurant & Bar –Gloucester’s landmark hotspot overlooking Smith Cove – is set to make its long-awaited seasonal debut on Thursday, May 25. The neighborhood favorite will reopen under chef Matt Stavis, a fixture on the Cape Ann restaurant scene for over fifteen years who will showcase a menu of locally sourced seafood classics complemented by elevated American fare. 

The Studio has been a crown jewel of the Rocky Neck Art Colony for nearly 70 years. The indoor-outdoor hangout accommodates 380 guests with traditional dining room seating, sprawling bars inside and out complete with HDTVs, as well as lounge-style setups. The restaurant, encased all in glass, offers unobstructed views of Smith Cove from every seat in the house. For boating enthusiasts, The Studio boasts several slips for private docking and is the only venue to offer a boat shuttle directly to and from St. Peter’s Square in downtown Gloucester.

Helming the kitchen, Chef Stavis will bring twists to New American cuisine, raw bar delicacies and seafood creations. Stavis brings his passion for local sourcing to The Studio, working closely with Cape Ann-area fishermen and farmers. Restaurant-goers can expect to see an all-day menu with highlights like a Seafood Tower piled with two lobster tails, five each of oysters, shrimp and clams as well as four Jonah crab claws; a quartet of burger options including a Kelp Burger with homemade wakame salad and wasabi on a focaccia roll and a Tuna Steak Burger with wakame aioli on a brioche bun; Chef Matt’s signature Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese with gemelli pasta, homemade cheese sauce and Frank’s Red Hot sauce-doused chicken finished with toasted breadcrumbs; and Hook & Line Baked Haddock, a gluten-free panko crusted haddock served with rice and vegetables. There is also a kid’s menu with favorites for the little ones.

To quench the insatiable summer thirst, the beverage program will boast something for everyone’s palettes. New this season are a collection of tiki cocktails dubbed “Tropical Getaways” like a Scorpion Bowl with Bacardi 151, Canerock and Plantation rums, Citadelle gin, Grainger’s vodka, citrus juices, and grenadine as well as the Truly Shark Bowl with Truly Hard Seltzer, blue curaçao and Grainger’s Deluxe raspberry vodka garnished with gummy sharks. The Studio also features refreshing frozen cocktails, signature libations, bubbly, wine including orange and rosé options, as well as a rotating selection of a dozen beers and ciders available on draught and another 16 canned options. While the classic pours are available, local producers take centerstage with options from the likes Rockport and Wachusett breweries.

The Studio Restaurant & Bar is located at 51 Rocky Neck Avenue in Gloucester. Beginning May 25, The Studio Restaurant & Bar will open daily from 11:00am-12:00am. The Studio Restaurant & Bar will also debut live music programming featuring local artists in June. Follow The Studio Restaurant & Lounge on Instagram at @studiogloucester.

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