Yella on the Water 25 Western Ave / Stacy Boulevard opening soon

The exterior transformation by RePro General Constuction & Design Services ( for Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s new Mediterranean bistro, Yella on the Water, is moving right along (in the former Morning Glory space) on Stacy Boulevard.

 Before (2013)  vs. construction underway (May 2019)

Sept 9 2013 Morning Glory ©c ryan

Yella on the water new exterior Gloucester Mass_20190512_© c ryan (2)


They opened Yella Grille in Andover  (and catering) ten years ago.

From Morning Glory to Yella on the Water | Together at City Hall finalizing restaurant transition (targeting May 1 2019 opening!)

Nancy Cooney and her daughter Grace were at City Hall to support plans for Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s new Mediterranean bistro, Yella on the Water, opening May 1, 2019 in the former Morning Glory space on Stacy Boulevard. They opened Yella Grille in Andover  (and catering) ten years ago.

The Gloucester  Zoning Board approved some deck work at their waterfront dining site. Grace spoke about how hard her mom works, the bitter sweet closing, and the plans and excitement of these impressive new owners. The Berdahns made the decision easier for her mom to transition to a well-earned retirement and for customers to welcome a new eatery. The family wishes them well and long success in Gloucester, too.

Nancy Clooney daughter Grace, Nancy Clooney Morning Glory_Danielle Berdahn Yella_ together at City Hall formalize transition _20190214_Gloucester Ma © catherine ryan
Grace, Nancy,Danielle


From the Gloucester Daily Times

New owners taking over Morning Glory

A Lynnfield couple, who currently own and operate the Mediterranean bistro Yella in Andover, plan to open a similar eatery on Western Avenue at the site of the former Morning Glory restaurant, directly across from Stacy Boulevard and the vista of Gloucester Harbor.

The new restaurant, according to co-owner and manager Danielle Berdahn, will be called Yella on the Water. Yella is a common phrase in several Mediterranean languages for “Come on, let’s go.”

Berdahn said she and her husband, chef Carlo Berdahn, plan to operate seasonally from March through December, offering lunch and dinner service seven days a week for both indoor and alfresco dining on an attached deck.

The couple, doing business as DAB Restaurant Group, has filed an application with the city for a full seasonal liquor license for the new establishment. The Licensing Board has set the public hearing on the license for Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The application states the restaurant will occupy about 1,450 square feet and seat 86 — 50 inside the restaurant and another 36 on the existing 280 square-foot deck the Berdahns hope to expand slightly by wrapping it around the existing building.

They are leasing the property at 25-29 Western Ave. from the Trustees of the Harbor View Realty Corp.

The opening of the restaurant will return Berdahn to a place of some of her happiest childhood memories, when her family used to summer in West Gloucester. Her father now is a year-round Gloucester resident.

“We’re really excited about our plans,” Berdahn said Friday. “Gloucester is such a special place.”

Both Berdahns are experienced restaurateurs.

They’ve operated Yella in Andover for nine years, generating excellent reviews, including being named as a top restaurant by the popular Phantom Gourmet television dining show.

The Andover restaurant currently is closed as it continues to deal with issues related to the natural gas disaster that devastated much of the Merrimack Valley in September.

“Right now we’re still undergoing renovations and hope to reopen soon,” she said.

Carlo Berdahn, originally from North Lebanon, first worked as a chef at The International Beirut hotel and is classically trained in seven cooking styles. He came to the United States in 2001 and later opened The Phoenecia Cafe in Orleans on Cape Cod.

He sold the cafe in 2006 and went to work as a chef for the catering company, The Catered Affair, where he met Danielle.

Danielle Berdahn previously previously worked at the fine-dining restaurant, Aujourd’hui, in the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.

great breakfast on the Boulevard with dazzling harbor view at Morning Glory Restaurant

Nancy, owner, Morning Glory Restaurant, Western Avenue, Gloucester, MA. Work by local artists changes frequently– a welcome venue option for display and sales.





Call ahead for the best subs of summer. Gloucester beaches sandwich directory.


Hungry? Pack light. You’ll pass great sandwich shops, locally owned and operated, en route to Gloucester’s magnificent beaches. Jeff’s Variety can set you up for a good lunch to go wherever you’re headed including Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, or the back shore. Jeff says that there are many repeat customers that come back each and every season–for years–on their way to Good Harbor Beach. IF you have a big group, you can order trays with finger sandwiches. Sandwich platters featuring Virgilio’s rolls need at least two days notice to prepare. They’re open Sundays. What else? “Yes!” the answer to my question if they have plenty of call ahead requests from cars caught in traffic. Passengers calling only, please!

Scroll down the post for a one-stop, sub-shopping Gloucester directory with phone numbers and links. I could add in our favorite choices from each place.




*the great 2013 Good Morning Gloucester Italian sub winners

on the way to Gloucester’s GOOD HARBOR BEACH

on the way to Gloucester/ Rockport LONG BEACH

on the way downtown headed in any direction to Gloucester beaches: Pavilion, Cressy, Half Moon, Niles, Good Harbor

  • Cafe Sicilia (978) 283-7345 sandwiches and pizza slices
  • Cave (978) 283-0896 for baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
  • Cupboard (978) 281-1908
  • *Destino’s Subs 
  • Cape Ann Farmer’s Market (Thursdays) fresh produce & baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
  • *Jeff’s Variety (978) 281-5800
  • Leonardo’s  (978) 281-7882
  • Last Stop (978) 281-2616
  • Mike’s  (978) 282-0777
  • Morning Glory (978) 281-1851
  • Poseidons (978) 290-4313
  • *Sclafanis (978) 283-6622
  • *Virgilios (978) 283-5295
  • Yellow Sub Shop (978) 281-2217

on the way to Gloucester’s NILES BEACH

  • Last Stop (978) 281-2616
  • Sailor Stan’s to go (978) 281-4470

on the way to Gloucester’s PLUM COVE BEACH / ANNISQUAM/ LANESVILLE 

  • Captain Hooks (978) 282-4665
  • Plum Cove Grind (978) 281-3377
  • Willow Rest  sub and/or the farmer’s market fresh produce, cheese, specialty prepared meals picnic option (978)283-2417

on the way to Gloucester’s WINGAERSHEEK BEACH

  • main concession stand at Gloucester’s Wingaersheek beach (978) 281-9785
  • Annie’s Variety  (978) 283-2887
  • Marshall’s Farm Stand (picnic route rather than sandwich counter)  (978) 283-2168 (pints of fruit, munchies, loaf artisan bread, mozzarella specialty cheeses)

I haven’t forgotten Magnolia–just missing Magnolia’s House of Pizza. ON Mondays there’s Cape Ann Farmer’s market for Magnolia. “M” for Mondays, “M” for Magnolia.

Shew Brought Down An Egg Ham and Cheese Sandwich From Morning Glory

FOBs (friends of the blog) Shew and his son Brian brought down a tasty egg, ham and cheese breakfast sandwich from Morning Glory last weekend which was much appreciated!

A big shout out to Shew’s son Brian, a hard working kid who just got his license!  Way to go Brian!

Morning Glory

Morning Glory, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

My usual breakfast haunt was closed today, so I decided on breakfast at a place I hadn’t eaten at in a while, Morning Glory.

This place is old school. You know a place is old school when they only offer on the tables a big canister of sugar and not the usual assortment of blue, yellow and red packets of artificial sweeteners for your coffee. A request for splenda produced the sweetener of choice and a smile from our very patient server.