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6 Months, 6 Restaurant Openings in Marblehead - What Do You Think?

These new restaurants have been open long enough - it's time to let us know what you think of them.

Over the last six months, Marblehead residents have seen a major shake-up to the local food scene as six different restaurants have either opened or reopened in town.

The dust has settled, local customers have had ample time to try them out and now we have to ask - what are your thoughts?

Were you pleasantly surprised by any of these restaurants? Were you disappointed? Is there a kind of restaurant you think Marblehead is missing?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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Yannalfo's Ristorante: Yannalfo's Ristorante opened in the former home of Pellino's Ristorante, located at 261 Washington St., in early September. The owner, Brett Yannalfo, 43, of Andover, said he has always dreamed of opening a restaurant of his own.

Casa Corona: In August, local residents welcomed Casa Corona to Smith Street. Co-owner Jose Bracamontes spent five years working as a chef at Mexico Lindo in Melrose and he and his brother, Felix, said they expect Marblehead's lack of an authentic Mexican restaurant will mean big business.

5 Corners Kitchen: Almost exactly one year after an electrical fire forced them to close their doors, 5 Corners Kitchen reopened for business in late July. In the months following the fire, 5 Corners Kitchen expanded, increasing in size from 1,200-square-feet to 2,300-square-feet. In April, the Board of Selectmen increased owner and head chef Barry Edelman's seating capacity from 40 to 100.

Joey D's Italian Grill: Joey D's Italian Grill opened its doors to customers in June. Though there haven't been many changes made to the interior of the restaurant since Hooked Seafood & Grill closed, owner Joseph Costanzo replaced the nautical theme with more traditional Italian decorations and is offering a revamped menu.

Soall Bistro: Village Plaza's Vietnamese restaurant, Soall Bistro, held its big grand opening in August and sibling owners Mia Lunt and Tan Nguyen were eager to unveil a brand new menu. The restaurant originally opened on Bessom Street in March in the former home of Kitsen Table.

Hungry Betty's Bar & Grille: Hungry Betty's Bar & Grille reopen at Village Plaza in September with a . At a meeting in July, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the transfer of three Hungry Betty's Bar & Grille licenses to new owner Jason Rakauskas. The restaurant was signed over to Rakauskas by former owner and Swampscott resident Patty Johnson.

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Know of a new business coming to town? Let us know and we will make it the focus of our next What's Moving In? column.

Have an idea for a business that might do well in Marblehead? Let us know by commenting on one of our What Should Go Here? posts.

Paul Fehrenbach Jr. October 08, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Jason, his wife and the entire staff are extremely customer focused. Everyone smiles at you and goes out of their way to say hello. The Executive Chef was recruited from Cafe Polonia in Salem, where the food was terrific. Look for even more exciting menu options as he has a vision and Jason seems to give him free reign. Try something you might not otherwise order. I love beet soup, and their golden beet version is to die for. Can't wait for the sour pickle soup!! Paul F.
Bethany Porrazzo October 08, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Casa Corona is awesome - great affordable mexican food. They are working on getting a BYOB liscense, but don't let that stop you. Let's help keep this one in business.
Betsy Walker October 08, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Yannalfo's has delicious Italian food and desserts, and very pleasant and attentive wait staff. Definitely a local 'gem.' Joey D's is also very good. The best pizza in town, in my opinion, and they have a wide variety of good food that is inexpensive and served in ample portions. Casa Corona is good too. Not quite as good as Cielito Lindo in Beverly (http://www.cielitolindogrill.com/), but it's local, very tasty and worth a try.

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