It’s opening night for the North Shore sequel to Somerville hot-dog-and-cocktail destination Trina’s Starlite Lounge: A new Trina’s debuts in Amesbury tonight — Tuesday, January 2 — at 37 Main St., the former No. 8 Kitchen space.
As previously reported, owners Beau Sturm and Josh Childs, along with chef Suzi Maitland, have plenty of North Shore ties; Sturm and his wife Trina live in Newbury, Maitland lives in Amesbury, and the team has a North Shore restaurant already — The Paddle Inn in Newburyport.
The Amesbury Trina’s is in a former mill building, so it features high ceilings, exposed bricks, and the like. With more room than the Somerville location, the new spot adds arcade games (including pinball machines), a fireplace, and warm-weather outdoor seating (so, not tonight) to the roster, but the Southern-inspired comfort food menu and fun cocktails will be plenty familiar to fans of the Somerville spot.
Maitland is joined by chef de cuisine Joey Guarino at the new location; he’s an alum of the now-defunct Blue Room in Cambridge as well as Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott. And on the beverage side, Brine Oyster Bar alum Drew Hart has joined the team.
Here’s a look at the opening menu, which features Somerville classics and more.
Trina’s Amesbury is open 4 p.m. to midnight daily (the kitchen closes at 11 p.m.), and brunch will begin at a later date. No reservations; just walk in. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out Amesbury’s two brand new breweries: Brewery Silvaticus (9 Water St.) is right around the corner, and BareWolf Brewing (12 Oakland St.) is just a little bit farther away.