We know Andover residents don’t just stay in Andover when they want a night out and a break from cooking.
Restaurant comings and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on area Patch sites over the past month.
Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories local Patch sites have covered over the past month. Read through our round up for the latest food news in the area.
North Andover-based Mad Maggie's will soon be providing their brand of homemade ice cream to the Andover community.
According to owner Steve Reppucci, Mad Maggie's will be opening an ice cream shop in the renovated Old Andover Village shopping center. He said they will be occupying a unit that abuts Main Street.
Reppucci said he is right now hoping to open the store by October 1.
Salvatore's Restaurant announced that they will be opening in Andover this fall in the former Rugged Bear location on Park Street.
Raagini Indian Bistro, a new restaurant to be located in Shawsheen Plaza, is scheduled to open in September, according to owner and manager Jaspreet Singh. It will be located in the unit in Shawsheen Plaza formerly occupied by Cardsmart.
What is the perfect elixir for the dog days of summer?
Pinot grigio? Limoncello? Fresh salad?
Over at Buono Bistro Sutton Street in North Andover, they are all about pairing a delicious meal with a refreshing drink suitable for the hot weather.
“I have a passion for people and food,” said John Minasian of Buono Bistro.
Did you know Solar Infusions in Danvers has smoothies and tanning? “About 50 percent of our regular customers come in just for our smoothies," owner Brian Lejeune said "We use pure ingredients, no syrups, just fruit and fruit juices; we don't pour ours out of a box.” Solar Infusions Smoothies can also be enhanced with nutritional add-ins, such as whey protein, fat stripper blend, and there are even low carb meal replacement.
The management at Chipotle Mexican Grill is scheduled to appear before the city's liquor licensing board in Peabody to explain why they haven't paid for their all-alcohol license yet.
The Peabody board approved an application for a full permit in December and the state Alcohol Beverages Control Commission subsequently signed off on the permit as well in January. Chipotle's planned to sell Mexican beer and margaritas as it does at many of its other locations.
The Northshore Mall eatery, however, never picked up its license nor paid for it.
It turns out it all has to do with a yearly inspection the city's building department is required to do, and which the Licensing Board would also need proof of before issuing the permit. A fire safety certificate was also missing.
It looks like Sal Palumbo has a success on his hands.
Palumbo, restaurant staff and city officials officially snipped the ribbon at Stonewood Tavern on Friday, celebrating the new establishment in South Peabody. The restaurant actually opened Mother's Day weekend, but Palumbo said Friday was an opportune time to invite friends and city officials back down to eat and celebrate.
He said a number of the guests had already been there several times since the restaurant opened nine weeks ago at 139 Lynnfield St. and residents in the neighborhood have quickly become regulars
A resident of Lynnfield, Mass., Suzanne Aiken recently won a Dream Trip to France by entering her recipe for Savory Lemon Herb Crepes on Real Women of Philadelphia’s Dream Trips contest. Cooking was always one of Suzanne’s favorite hobbies, entertaining for friends and family at traditional Sunday night dinners, but she was looking to further challenge herself in the kitchen. Balancing her Apple computer across the kitchen table and chairs, Suzanne filmed her French-inspired dish, spent hours editing the clip and shared her creation with the online community.
Did you know the price of lobster is so low, it costs about the same as ground beef? That’s what Westford and Chelmsford Patch found on a recent trip to the grocery store.
Over the last 17 years Applebee’s Neighborhood Grille has become a familiar site in Tewksbury. Located on Route 38 at the junction of Route 495 it is one of those places that people are simply used to seeing every day.
What many people don’t realize, however, is that, while Applebee’s still boasts the same friendly service and welcoming atmosphere that it’s famous for, it also has a whole new look that might surprise you.
These days Applebee’s guests will still find themselves greeted with the smiling face they have come to expect but, at the same time, they will be “wowed” by a full front to back, inside and out renovation.
A new restaurant is coming to Tewksbury. Sue Amato's heart doesn't actually pump Marinara sauce through her veins, but it might as well.
Amato has spent her whole life around Italian cooking and restaurants. Next month, all that experience will pay off, as she opens Angelina's Ristorante at 1866 Main St., in the space that once was home to The Black Olive.
"Right now we're looking at the first week in September. We're very excited," said Amato, who has live in Tewksbury with her husband, Vinnie, and their children for 20 years. "We've got our staff lined up. It's a great staff, they have a lot of experience."
The Daily Bagel Cafe has vacated its place at the Museum Place Mall, and that has left a spot in the mall that also abuts Church Street.
The building is located steps away from the Church Street parking lot and has a large corner space. Salem Patch recently asked readers what they think should go in the space. Answers ranged from a bakery to a place to grab a bite before seeing a movie.
The space formerly occupied by Lakay Island and Asahi will be getting new life in the next few weeks.
Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar is finishing up preparations and getting final sign offs from the city in the coming days, according to owner Arthur Ingemi.
The restaurant is slated for an Aug. 15 opening, according to the Village Tavern website.
The restaurant will feature "a variety of great appetizers, burgers and sandwiches along with a nice variety of charbroiled steaks, authentic BBQ, selected seafood and a separate oyster bar featuring of course, oysters, cherrystones, and shrimp," Ingemi wrote in an email.
In addition to full lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant will cater to those who want to keep up on sporting action with 12 HD televisions.
The coolest part for Patch? It seems one of our regular columns — Visions for Vacancies — complete with your suggestions helped in bringing the restaurant to Salem. Ingemi said the February article and comments played a part in identifying the space for the new venture.
Though a timeline isn't yet set, there will be some changes at the Green Land Cafe at some point. The restaurant is now closed for renovations.
The Licensing Board gave the green light for the transfer of the Green Land Cafe's liquor license to applicant Nolo Opus.
The applicant told the board in addition to the restaurant they may have the opportunity to bump out to accommodate a function hall in an adjoining space in the future.
The new restaurant, which will be called Opus, will keep the same manager as the current manager at the Green Land Cafe.
The Flying Saucer Pizza Company is now open and word on the street is they have a cinnamon streusel dessert pizza. Check it out here.
Howling Wolf Taqueria celebrated its two year anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 5. Congratulations!
Salemites flocked to the Common Monday, Aug. 6, for the Salem's Best Pizza Competition, and more than 700 voted to crown the city's pizza pie winners. The event, which benefits the Salem YMCA, featured five local businesses — Georgia's Pizza, North House of Pizza, Damata's, Deli House and Christina's.
See who won here.
The Swampscott Farmers’ Market remains in full swing as summer nears end. Here are some photos of a recent market.
Just Fabulous!, Marblehead's new special-order cake studio, recently opened in the former home of the 40 Atlantic clothing store on Atlantic Avenue.
The opening means owner Ellyn Gimbel is currently accepting orders for specialty cakes and dessert tables.
Gimbel said the cake studio, located at 40 Atlantic Ave., will be similar in concept to the much-acclaimed television shows Cake Bossand Ace of Cakes.
The price of lobster is hovering from $4 to $6 according to some recent Patch research on the North Shore. A glut of Maine lobster has translated into lower retail prices throughout New England. At Crosby's the price of lobster is $5.99 for chicken lobsters and $8.99 for lobsters over one pound. At Stop & Shop in Swampscott, the price is $5.99 for chicken lobsters and $11.99 for those over one pound, up to two pounds. At Whole Foods Swampscott lobster is retailing for $11.99 per pound.
Perhaps the best deal in town is at Marblehead Lobster Co. where prices are ranging from $4.99 for the smallest lobsters to $8.99 for one to two pounders. Those in the medium range will cost you from $5.99 to $7.99.
Casa Corona o-owner Jose Bracamontes spent five years working as a chef at Mexico Lindo in Melrose and the pair of brothers said they expect Marblehead's lack of an authentic Mexican restaurant will mean big business.
The restaurant is now open in the space next to Evan's New York Style Deli, which was formerly occupied by Trattoria Sablone and will offer "everything you'd see on a typical authentic Mexican menu," Felix Bracamontes said.
We can’t lie, we are pretty excited 5CK is back in action in Marblehead. So far, it sounds like things are off to a great start.
According to their Facebook page: “5ck's first week has been a total success!! We have enjoyed seeing so many of our returning customers and meeting so many new faces as well.”
“Our staff has been going strong night and day 24/7 which is why we will be starting our Sunday brunch, next Sunday August 12th. We want it to be the fabulous brunch that you all love and need one more week of preparation! Thanks for understanding!!!
We do recommend a reservation for the dining room and remember the bar area is first come first serve!!”
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt opened its doors to Marblehead June 15, offering the town a fun new dessert concept fit for families and friends of all ages.
To celebrate their success with friends in the community, Orange Leaf will host a charitable grand opening event Aug. 17 complete with a ribbon cutting by the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce.
Co-owners Mike Hennessy and Paul Buonopane have committed to donate 100 percent of the day’s sales between the Abbot Public Library and the local Recreation and Parks Commission.
“This town has welcomed us with open arms, and we want to show them how much we appreciate it by sharing our success with community partners,” Hennessy said.