The Latest North Shore Restaurant News

Here's this month's round-up of area restaurant and food news.

Restaurant comings and goings, new businesses and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on North Shore Patch sites over the past month.

Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories your local Patch sites recently covered. Read through our round-up for the latest food news in the area.




Soall Bistro Unveils Revamped Menu

Village Plaza's Vietnamese restaurant, Soall Bistro, held its big grand opening earlier this month and sibling owners Mia Lunt and Tan Nguyen were eager to

The restaurant originally opened on Bessom Street in March within the former home of.

The name, like the restaurant, is rooted in family. "Soall" is a combination of Lunt and Nguyen's mother's name, Soa, and the first letters of Lunt's sons' names, Logan and Liem.


Orange Leaf Grand Opening Raises $4,000

The grand opening of on Atlantic Avenue raked in $4,400, all of which will be split between the and the town's Recreation and Parks Commission, owner Michael Hennessy said Saturday.

The frozen yogurt chain's new Marblehead location to rave reviews and Hennessy decided to donate all of the proceeds from his big grand opening to local athletes and the local library.


Yannalfo's Granted Extended Hours

, a new Italian restaurant expected to open on Washington Street sometime next month, now has permission to stay open until midnight.

At their meeting at Wednesday night, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a request from the restaurant's owner, Brett Yannalfo, to extend the restaurant's hours to 12 a.m.


Hungry Betty's Back with New Chef, New Look

will chef and a new look.

At a meeting in July, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the transfer of three licenses to new owner Jason Rakauskas.
The restaurant was signed over to Rakauskas by former owner and Swampscott resident Patty Johnson. Since that time, he's been hard at work, repainting the inside of the restaurant, hiring a new chef and planning out some exciting changes to the menu.




Here Comes Barrel House American Bar

From the creators of Soma and Wrapture, Barrel House American Bar is expected to open sometime this month or next, according to their Facebook page.

The classic American bar will feature traditionally prepared cocktails, craft beer, and wines from small producers with outstanding Americanized bistro fare.
Construction on the inside of the restaurant, which was formerly Mandrake on Cabot Street, began in May. Check out photos from the progression here.


EJ Cabots Opens

Formerly home to Tryst, the brand new EJ Cabots opened at 282 Cabot St. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. What can patrons expect? Fresh local ingredients, meals made from scratch, and fine cuisine in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere," according to EJ Cabots Facebook page.  Check out photos from their opening week here.




Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar

Arthur Ingemi and his team are where residents and visitors of any and all tastes can find food, drink and an atmosphere that hits the spot.

The Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar is putting finishing touches on its restaurant, which is slated to open in the space on the pedestrian mall where was previously located.

Ingemi said he's just waiting for the "final sign-offs" from the city before he opens.




Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine and Sushi Bar Aims for Liquor License

is also seeking a common victualler’s license for the proposed restaurant at 286 Humphrey Street in the former Beatrice Insurance location.

Kevin Nguyen appeared before selectmen earlier this year seeking approval to serve beer, wine and liquor at the restaurant.

Board members said at the time that they would welcome a new business on Humphrey but opted to wait until the restaurant got its approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals before they took up his spirits request.


Swizzles Opens in Swampscott

The shop offers 10 flavors of frozen yogurt, an 18-foot-long toppings bar with 30 toppings ranging from fresh fruit and nuts to cereals and candy, an outdoor seating area, and its signature feature wall with changing colors.

This store, unlike any other, has a private party room which will enable Swizzles of Swampscott to provide fun birthday parties.


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