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The Fall 2017 Restaurant Opening Guide: North Shore

Just a bit north of Boston, there was some fall activity on the new restaurant front

Fried chicken from Pollo Campero
Fried chicken from Pollo Campero, now open in Lynn.

Down in Boston and the surrounding areas, it was a particularly busy season for the debut of new restaurants. North of the city, there was a tiny bit of activity as well, although most planned fall openings were postponed to winter or beyond. Here’s the rundown on the few fall 2017 restaurant openings — well, mostly breweries — that did occur on the North Shore.

(Looking for upcoming openings elsewhere in Massachusetts? Find the full index here. Want to jump directly to Boston proper openings? Find those here. Cambridge and Somerville are featured separately over here, while the MetroWest and Central Massachusetts openings are here. All other Greater Boston spots are here.)

A note on geography: Regional borders can be debatable. For the purposes of North Shore coverage throughout Eater Boston, we use the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s North Shore Task Force’s definition of “North Shore,” which can be found here.

This story was originally published on October 24, 2017. It was updated periodically throughout fall 2017; the date of the most recent update appears above. Something missing? Email

True North Ale Company
True North Ale Company opened in Ipswich this fall.

True North Ale Company

116 County Rd., Ipswich

This taproom from a longtime home brewer features a 32-foot bar, high ceilings, communal seating, and a seasonal patio. The initial beer lineup includes North Shore-style IPAs, Berliner weisses, Flanders-style red ales, and Belgian-style blonde ales. In lieu of a full kitchen, True North brings in food trucks and serves snacks, including local Wicked Twisted Pretzels.
Opened: November 9, 2017

Pollo Campero
Guatemala-born chicken chain Pollo Campero expanded to Lynn this fall.

Pollo Campero

25 State St., Lynn

Founded in Guatemala, this chicken chain has several hundred locations around the world, including three in Massachusetts — this new one, plus East Boston and Chelsea. Pollo Campero serves fried and grilled chicken, empanadas, and more.
Opened: November 14, 2017

marblehead brewing co
The logo for Marblehead Brewing Co., which opened this fall.

Marblehead Brewing Co.

124 Pleasant St., Marblehead

Located at the Shrine of St. Nicholas, this is an Orthodox Christian monastic brewery that “brew[s] out of a concern for others and respect for the power of beer to build community,” donating what it describes as a majority of its profits to charitable work. Pint pours and growler fills are available, and customers can bring in their own food. Marblehead Brewing Co. is currently serving a colonial-style pale ale, Marblehead Ale No. 2, but hopes to eventually have six beers in rotation at any given time.
Opened: December 6, 2017

riverwalk brewing
Storm Door porter at RiverWalk Brewing Co., which opened its taproom this fall in Newburyport.

RiverWalk Brewing Co.

40 Parker St., Newburyport

Brewing since 2012, this North Shore brewery debuted its new taproom on the final day of fall 2017, serving up pints, flights, and a full food menu, as well as filling growlers. The current taproom lineup includes Storm Door porter, Turbine double IPA, Flannel Trousers English-style strong ale, and more.
Opened: December 20, 2017

Seagrilz North Shore Lobster
Lobster from North Shore Lobster, now open in Peabody.
Google Maps/Contributed by Owner

SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster

203 Newbury St. (Rte. 1), Peabody

Under new ownership, Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar — a decades-old restaurant and fish market — has been transformed into a new restaurant (SeaGrilz) and fish market (North Shore Lobster). The fast-casual spot also offers takeout, catering, and delivery.
Opened: November 2017

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SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster

203 Newbury St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 839-3100 Visit Website

Pollo Campero (Lynn)

25 State St., Lynn, MA Visit Website

True North Ale Company

116 County Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938 (978) 555-1234 Visit Website

Marblehead Brewing Co.

124 Pleasant St., Marblehead, MA 01945 (781) 797-0211 Visit Website

RiverWalk Brewing

40 Parker St., Newburyport, MA 01950 (978) 499-2337 Visit Website