The Howard Blackburn
289 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930
The Howard Blackburn
289 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930
Our cherished and favorite neighborhood gathering place, Chef Ken and Nicole Duckworth’s, has reopened for the season and it looks stunning. Inspired by the surrounding coastal hues of deep marine blue, Cape Ann’s rugged granite outcroppings, and the soft gray green of fog and mist, you will love the new look.
The new lighting beautifully illuminates the artwork.
The familiar, warm French cherrywood chairs makes for a lovely counterpoint to the new seaside colors and are a refreshing change.
Many of Ken’s classic dishes remain on the menu, but there are some wonderful new additions coming. And Ken has a fantastic new cooktop and oven!!!
A fresh new sign to accompany the new interior look. Note the sign no longer says Bistrot and that is because Ken and Nicole are planning to hold more intimate gatherings and parties.
Pier 23 Kitchen on 23 East Main Street closed. The restaurant is for sale: contact (978) 887-9895. Pier 23 owners and AJ’s contributed major upgrades and renovations at this busy spot. (Mooters, LaRosas, and Cacciatores preceded AJ’s at the Harbor.)
The new sign for Oliver’s Harbor Restaurant and Bar features tiles at each end and heralds a change in ownership at 64 Main Street. The Bragas sold Trio which they had reconfigured after opening Italiano Restaurant in the former La Trattoria space and completing a major renovation and build out replete with a new industrial kitchen. Last year they added additional outdoor seating.
64 Main Street on Gloucester’s West End as Italiano 2017 and Trio 2018:
Yella on the Water joins a fantastic line up of seasonal plein air dining options in Gloucester. The inviting new outdoor space and decor of Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s Mediterranean bistro, Yella on the Water, in the former Morning Glory space on Western Avenue (Stacy Boulevard), beckons on any given sun day. The interior is equally alluring. Owner Danielle Berdahn enlisted some design help from Taniya Nayak and the snappy casual vibe is perfect.
Woburn native, Berdahn has a personal connection to Gloucester. She grew up spending magical summers on Wingaersheek at her family’s beach house. After hearing that fun fact, it’s easy to order the “Wingaersheek” cocktail. We had one brief hour between work and appointments to sample hand crafted appetizers (Hummus Awarma) and spirits. Were we on vacation? A day-cation for sure, thanks to impeccable service and yummy local fare on a hot new deck with a view of Gloucester Harbor.
Last night we had dinner at the fabulous Franklin and were delighted at how beautiful (and lively) was Main Street. The restaurants were bustling, the roads relatively easy to travel, and parking was without problem. Don’t be reluctant to venture out and dine at any one of your favorite Main Street Gloucester restaurants on these bitterly cold nights, you won’t be disappointed!
Main Street looks beautiful at night in the snow, straight out of a scene from a Charles Dickens novel.
Tom and I love having diner at the bar at the Franklin. Grace, all the crew, and the waitstaff are always so welcoming, and Stefano D’Amico is one of our very favorite bartenders around town.
Stefano not only works at the Franklin Cape Ann, he also does commercial and residential duct and vent cleaning. You can reach him at 978-281-3398 or 978-479-4231.
Usually I have the Franklin’s wonderfully flavorful marinated and grilled calamari for dinner–but panko crusted sea scallops were one of the specials last night–I tried it and you must, too. I don’t think I’ve ever had scallops cooked as perfectly!
When you go to the Franklin you MUST try their desserts–I can’t go there without having the orange crème caramel. You will love it, I promise. ❤
The Franklin Cape Ann is located at 118 Main Street and opens daily at 5:00pm. Sunday through Thursday dinner is served until 10:30; on Friday and Saturday evenings until 11:30.
Build out is cooking along. General Manager and Chef, Rhiannon, says the menus are nearly ready!~
Happy Belly, 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester, MA, a Serenitee Restaurant Group property.
Looking at potentially opening in three weeks in the Blackburn Tavern Building.
Anthony will be bringing his culinary skills to soon to be opened “Tonno” in #GloucesterMA. Currently completely renovating the space in the Blackburn Tavern building on the corner of Washington and Main St.
Check them out them on Facebook here and get all the updates
In this video, Rob Picardi demonstrates preparing the type cuisine we can expect at Tonno and we talk to owner/chef Anthony Caturano in the kitchen.
Here’s the wood grilled squid and octopus with braised white beans and toasted parsley –
Risotto and almond raviolini with braised veal, tomato, onion, red wine and pecorino cheese –
Bone in ribeye, sautéed escarole, Roasted potatoes, red wine sauce-
What a treat we are in for when Tonno opens up in Gloucester!
If you were like me and jonesing for one of Gloucester’s best burgers at lunch for the past couple of months and gone by Minglewood only to have found tehm closed for lunch fear not my friends!
They are now re-opened and serving up one of Gloucester’s best burgers and killer hand cut steak fries.
Not only that but they have a different deal going on 7 nights a week.
Giuseppe’s Ristorante Open For Business- Restaurant Tour
Good Luck Joe and Memory!
Alchemy Cafe and Bistro boasts a new Spring menu full of goodies and a redesigned interior with more big chairs and comfy corners. A beautiful and funky new metal sign on the corner should attract some attention. The menu offers yummy sharing tapas as well as pizza and delicious entrees. I love that they really try to source everything locally and care where their meat comes from and what it has eaten. I had to go here after Joey’s food map. There was a serious shortage of Alchemy photos – I had to be sure it got on that food map – and I did my duty. It was tough, boy, I tell you! I managed though…
Rob ordered the grass-fed burger and fries, which were heavily wife-taxed, and my sea bass managed to be eaten almost entirely by me as well. (Poor Rob.) Asparagus with poached egg tapas and a lavender creme caramel dessert made for a fine, rare date night indeed!
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poached egg, truffle oil, shaved Grana Padano, and smoked sea salt – 6
Pan Seared Striped Bass
marinated squash and salsa verde – 16
Grass Fed Beef Burger
bacon onion jam, herb cheese, lettuce, tomato, homemade pickles and a black pepper bun – 13
Spring Peas with Butter & Parsley – 5
Walking on Main Street, a sign in the window of the slim, vacant storefront between Green Life and Common Crow Natural Market announces some action. A new business! To Go Common Crow, a lunch and drink spot will be opening this summer. Thank you to Lynne for my exclusive, after-hours interview and menu sneak-peak!
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Oyster night tonight