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AJ's at the Harbor Holds Soft Opening in Gloucester

Local seafood and comfort food

AJ's at the Harbor logo
AJ's at the Harbor logo

A North Shore restaurant featuring classic New England comfort food softly opened over the weekend in Gloucester. AJ's at the Harbor moved in at 23 E. Main St., close to Good Harbor Beach, welcoming its first-ever customers into the new establishment.

The restaurant is the work of Chuck Gianakakis and his son AJ, as previously reported. The Gianakakis family has a history of restaurants. Chuck's father Andrew was behind White Cap Restaurant in Ipswich, and now he and his son are working to bring casual pub favorites to the masses.

A sample menu for AJ's, posted on Good Morning Gloucester, featured appetizers like lobster cakes, beer and mussels, and bacon-wrapped shrimp; salads and soups, including New England clam chowder; burgers and sandwiches; and entrees like pan-seared tuna steak, meatloaf, shrimp scampi, and seafood bouillabaisse. On the dessert side, there's a warm chocolate chip cookie, milkshakes, and more.

The casual restaurant has plans to update its specials weekly, according to its Facebook page, and it will feature local ingredients whenever possible. Cash-only for the moment.

Update 4/4/16, 3:40 p.m.: AJ Gianakakis told Eater that the restaurant officially opens Tuesday and will hold a "grand" opening within the next few weeks.

"We did have a public soft opening this weekend that went great! Had a lot of great reviews and people consistently telling me they'll be back," Gianakakis said in an email.

The restaurant's hours will be Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. AJ's is still waiting on confirmation for its beer/wine license transfer.