New Cafe Opening Soon in Downtown Marblehead

Haley's Market Cafe will be opening soon in the space formerly occupied by The Rockhopper Cafe and Foodie's Feast.

Work is underway inside the space formerly occupied by The Rockhopper Cafe, which is expected to reopen sometime in the next few months as Haley's Market Cafe.

The new downtown eatery will be opened by Haley's Wine and Spirits owners Julie Vinette and Paul Baker, who originally ran Foodie's Feast in the same space before it was sold and reopened as The Rockhopper.

Vinette said Monday morning that she is excited to be reopening a cafe on Washington Street and was pleased to report that Baker would be returning to his duties as head chef.

No word yet on whether customers can expect any big changes to the menu.

Haley's Market Cafe is expected to open for business sometime before the end of the year, Vinette said.

Remodeling the cafe space Monday was Paul Haggett of Paul Haggett and Co

What do you think about another cafe opening in the former Foodie's space? Anything you'd like to see on the menu? 

Let us know in the comments section below.

Paula Pearce November 27, 2012 at 01:02 PM
This is great news. It will be lovely to have Paul and Julie back and good food to add.
Alison Trick November 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
This makes me so happy!!! This British girl is looking forward to eating more Cornish pasties :)
Julie H November 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I don't understand what happened to Rockhopper though? From the previous Patch coverage, it sounded like the former owner was blindsided and locked out of the establishment. If that's the case, it sounded like a dirty deal, so perhaps an article explaining what happened would benefit the new owners.
Sharon Thibodeau November 27, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Great news - the downtown needs a cafe in that area! And good to have the Paul and Julie back running the show with their expertise (which the most recent owner did not have - there was no blindsiding, just basic ineptness!)
louise November 27, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Julie, go to YELP and read a few of the previous owner's responses to fair criticism of The Rockhopper Cafe. Her head seemed deeply buried in the sand with regard to a lot of problems going on with her establishment. I seriously doubt she was truly "blindsided" by anything but it doesn't surprise me one bit to hear she was claiming to be.
Bo November 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Why did Foodie's Feast close in the first place? That was never clear.
Diane Wolf November 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Huzzah! This is great news!
csp November 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
If you have ever been to the Rockhopper you would have experienced the HORRIBLE service and rude experience with the owner. In my opinion it is only a surprise that she lasted as long as she did. She treated her staff very poorly and did not value her customers as all. Also, she had listed the business for sale long before it was closed down. Legally, a renter cannot be locked out without fair cause. I would consider that an article explaining exactly what happened may include dirty financial details including lack of payments and is not necessary for the new owners to explain.
Julie H November 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Thanks, Louise and CSP for the responses. I just read YELP and learned all that I need to know about the defensive, immature and unprofessional response from the former owner. I was just curious this morning since I didn't know the backstory and found the previous Patch article a little bizarre. CSP, I did frequent the RH on a few occasions and it was edible, but not memorable either way. Good to know Foodies is coming back and we'll have a great sandwich spot again.
Drew November 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Who remembers Truffles in that location? Yum!
Restless November 27, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I think Paul got burnt out. It is a very trying endeavor. Please bring back the smoked salmon scrambled eggs. Yummy. Welcome back.
Ellen Petersen November 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Lovely to have Paul and Julie back in the cafe business. Fresh juice bar, PLEASE!
Al DeGroot November 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Welcome back Paul place looks like it will be great... Al from Perkins
:b) November 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I can't wait to see Paul's friendly face every morning! You have been missed!
louise November 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Juice bar? I second that!
Kathy Wilder November 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM
This is the best food news since 5 Corners Kitchen reopened. Paul is a great small business owner, greeting regulars by name and cooking great food. I'm hoping for a return of his eggs Benedict, Cornish pasties and rock cakes. It will be great to have the weekend social scene back.
Shianne November 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM
This is so exciting ! I've worked for Julie & Paul for years and they are amazing ! No doubt this will be a success
Restless November 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Ooh. Great idea....fresh juice and green smoothies.
Harris November 28, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Too bad we couldn't get another "casual Italian" place to move in there. =)
Cary Chandler November 29, 2012 at 02:22 PM


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