Boston Globe rave review for Yella on the Water restaurant #GloucesterMA

Love the title and wonderful review!

“On the menu Yella on the Water seems to have become instantly popular, and we could see why.”

Read “Lebanese cuisine with a splash of Gloucester” by Coco McCabe and Doug Stewart Boston Globe 11/20/19 here


Yella on the Water Gloucester Massachusetts_ November 2019 © c ryan (2)

Yella on the Water – Gloucester Harbor view from the new deck

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.

Cranes, trucks, piers and parking lots! Maintenance and new construction on Stacy Blvd and Rogers St #GloucesterMa

What’s happening on Stacy Boulevard? That Department of Public Works (DPW) project involves the main interceptor sewer cleaning and inspection which is an every 7-10 year process.

At the western edge, Yella on the Water staff training took place outside on their new deck. They refurbished the parking lot and completed the accessibility ramp.

Along Rogers Street, Building Center and Gloucester House are busy with construction. A bit further down, DPW is improving the Rose Baker Senior Center parking lot, completing “just the binder for now, then on to ramps and finally top coat.”

Waterfront businesses require unusual maintenance like pier infratstructure maintenance. Gloucester House has been in business since 1958. I wonder how long the pilings last? The trio of wharf booths for special adventures there include Gloucester Boat Rental, the Thomas Lannon, & 7 Seas Whalewatch.

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.