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Comella’s Restaurant Coming to Atlantic Avenue
It looks like a Comella's Restaurant location will be opening on Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead.
At their meeting at Abbot Hall Tuesday night, members of Marblehead's Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a request from Comella's Restaurants co-owner John Comella to open up a restaurant in the former Moran Studios space at the corner of Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue.
Although Comella's request was to change the official use of the building from retail to restaurant, board members noted that they were actually switching it back - because the location was formerly the home of Shipyard Galley, which served breakfast and lunch.
It's been a little more than a month since Hungry Betty's Bar & Grille reopened at Village Plaza and new owner Jason Rakauskas is hoping that a revamped menu, a new chef and a focus on dish presentation will translate to an increase in business.
After the Board of Selectmen approved transferring all three of the restaurant's licenses into his name in July, Raskauskas spent weeks redecorating the interior of the restaurant and hired head chef Anthony Cornelisse in the hopes of "sexifying" the items on the menu.
The increased emphasis on dish presentation, Rakauskas said, is aimed at letting local residents know that they can get high-end food right here in Marblehead at a reasonable price.
Marblehead Selectmen Preparing to Vote on BYOB
Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren asked that the Board of Selectmen "do their homework" when it came to reviewing recently crafted BYOB regulations in the hopes of bringing the matter to a vote at their meeting Wednesday night.
Board members have been working with Town Counsel Lisa Mead to put together local regulations ever since Marblehead's new Mexican restaurant, Casa Corona, filed a request last month for permission to allow their patrons the option of bringing along their own alcohol beverages.
If the regulations are approved, Casa Corona owners Felix and Jose Bracamontes will be called in to discuss their application at te board's next meeting; and, if all goes according to plan, patrons could be enjoying their own beverages at the Smith Street restaurant by mid-November.
Beer and Wine Land at Flying Saucer
Something new has landed at the Flying Saucer Pizza Co.
In addition to gourmet pizza, the Washington Street business recently welcomed beer and wine to its lineup.
Beers selections include: McNeils Dead Eye Double IPA, Peak Organic IPA, Notch BSA Harvest and Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer on draft. Brooklyn lager, Butternut Snapper IPA and gluten-free options are available in a can.
Montepulciano house wine and Mas Le Chevalier Cabernet sauvignon are among the red wine selections and Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco are some of the whites.
Winfrey’s Fudge and Chocolates Coming to Cabot Street
Winfrey's Fudge & Chocolates was approved for its new location on Cabot Street by a 5-0 vote at the Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting last night.
Winfrey's will replace the former Rice Rental Center.
"We've always felt that Beverly is a promising community," Mark Winfrey told Patch. "We did have a store in Beverly a few years ago and closed it for different reasons. We're excited to be opening another retail store downtown."
The business plans to do "a lot of work" on the building, and Winfrey said they're aiming for a late spring/early summer opening.
Beverly Kids Benefit from New Cherry Farm Ice Cream Flavor
For the month of October, North Beverly Elementary fifth graders will benefit from the sale of Shooting Star ice cream at Cherry Farm Creamery in Danvers.
The Shooting Star flavor, which consists of blue vanilla ice-cream with M&M's and cookie dough, was created by the students two weeks ago, owner Tom Jones said.
While Jones said Cherry Farm usually provides schools with ice-cream during socials, this is the first time a fundraiser will benefit the students.
The ice cream stand will be donating 50 percent of all sales (cones, pints, quarts, sundaes, etc) of this flavor to the school to help the fifth grade class.
Black Cow Eyes November Reopening
Black Cow Tap and Grill plans to reopen in November, according to owner Joe Leone.
The restaurant, on Bay Road in downtown Hamilton, has been closed for renovations since April. The work is designed to make the restaurant lighter and brighter.
Leone said on Tuesday that he plans to "hopefully" reopen in November.
No new seats will be added, but instead rearranged. The entrance was moved from the center to the side of the restaurant and there will be more seating near the window.
The last time the restaurant underwent changes was 2001, when it was given permission to expand from 82 seats to 101 seats.
Wenham Tea House Pours First Drink With New License
Eight months after Wenham Town Meeting unanimously backed a pouring liquor license for Wenham Tea House, the license was used for the first time earlier this month.
The license allows liquor to be poured from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.-11 p.m., although the Tea House's hours don't include all those hours. It can also be used for private functions.
Dunkin’ Donuts Closes for Makeover
One of the nine Dunkin' Donuts coffee shops in Danvers has closed for renovations, but it will reopen.
The Dunkin' Donuts on Route 114, at 79 Andover St., has closed in recent days. The parking lot was blocked off and there have been contractors going in and out.
Manuel Galopim, the owner of the location, said through a spokesman that the restaurant is temporarily closed during a remodeling.
Will Orange Leaf Still Open in October?
The Orange Leaf frozen yogurt shop that was originally planned to open this month in Danvers Square has bumped back its opening date to December.
That's according to Meredith Lynn, spokeswoman for the frozen yogurt chain.
Orange Leaf's first location in the region opened in Salem in June. There is also a location in downtown Andover and Marblehead. The Danvers location is one of 11 new Orange Leaf locations that has opened or is planned to open in Massachusetts this year.