John and Laura Wolfe are now hiring for all positions at The Poynt, opening this fall at 31 Water St. in downtown Newburyport. The duo is also behind The Cottage, which has locations in Chestnut Hill and Wellesley, along with one across the country in La Jolla, California (their first location). John is from southern California and Laura is from Wellesley, and the restaurants are meant to reflect the "casualness and familiarity" of the former locale and the "sophistication and warmth" of the latter (and New England as a whole): Think dishes like barbecue tenderloin tips with truffle tater tots, seared ahi lettuce wraps, mahi tacos, and sweet potato crusted cod.
While the Newburyport location was initially going to go by the same moniker, the Wolfes decided to change it to The Poynt, named after a British nautical term referring to a "poynt of reference" or location, according to The Daily News of Newburyport. The article also notes that the restaurant will seat 185, and it's located in the former Farley's clothing store space.
The Wolfes also owned the Prudential Center franchise of The Paradise Bakery & Cafe, which closed at the end of June, along with the rest of the food court, to make way for Eataly.