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The Spring 2018 Restaurant Opening Guide: North Shore

Doughnuts, a rooftop bar, a food truck emporium, and more

Maple bacon doughnut from Kane’s Donuts
Maple bacon doughnut from Kane’s Donuts
Kane’s Donuts/Facebook

Winter 2017-2018 saw a few restaurant openings on the North Shore — two Somerville restaurants expanded to Salem, Beverly got a poke restaurant, a North Shore doughnut pop-up landed a Newburyport storefront, and more. But spring is looking a little busier, from the debut of a “food truck emporium” in Lynn to the expansion of Superfine from Manchester to Marblehead.

Read on for the full rundown of potential spring 2018 openings on the North Shore, keeping in mind that opening dates frequently change. We’ll be updating this guide throughout the season as new information rolls in; let us know if something’s missing or out of date.

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.

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Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Beverly. Know of something? Let us know.

Beverly openings beyond spring 2018

Channel Marker Brewing, formerly known as Agapé Brewing, is looking to open a nanobrewery and taproom somewhere in Beverly, where the team wants to focus on small-batch hazy IPAs and barrel-aged beers. The three co-founders are lifelong friends and Beverly natives.

Brew on the Grid cupcakes
Brew on the Grid cupcakes
Brew on the Grid/Facebook

Brew on the Grid

23 Central St., Lynn

This Worcester-based coffee shop expanded to Cambridge in late summer 2017 (but closed that location in winter 2018) and has several other expansions in the works — Lynn, Marlborough, and Salem. The same group is behind Craft Table & Bar in Worcester and East Boston, as well as several other restaurants that are open or opening soon.
Projected opening: April 2018

Ironbound Food Truck Emporium

3-11 Mt. Vernon St., Lynn

Ironbound Marketplace will eventually be an indoor and outdoor market with artists and vendors of all kinds, but to start, there’s a “food truck emporium” that’ll feature a rotating collection of 10 food trucks, carts, etc.
Projected opening: April 21, 2018

Revolution Pie + Pint

23 Central St., Lynn

Another from New England Craft Restaurant Concepts (Brew on the Grid, Craft Table & Bar, more), this restaurant will feature pizza and beer. A Worcester location is also in the works, slated for spring 2018.
Projected opening: March 2018

The Skeleton Key bar
The Skeleton Key bar
Skeleton Key/Facebook

Skeleton Key [NOW OPEN]

663 Market St., Lynnfield

Located at the MarketStreet Lynnfield development, Skeleton Key is an escape room “adventure emporium” with a bar and lounge that serves beer, wine, and snacks, such as chicken and waffles; popcorn with caramel, bacon, and peanuts; shrimp tacos; and more. There are also locations coming to West Hartford, Connecticut, and White Plains, New York.
Opened: March 24, 2018

Ribs at Superfine Food
Ribs at Superfine
Brian Samuels Photography/Superfine Food

Blue Canoe Cafe [NOW OPEN]

14 School St., Marblehead

This new coffee shop replaced Atomic Cafe but is serving bags of Atomic coffee alongside baked goods, sandwiches, smoothies, and more.
Opened: March 27, 2018


126 Washington St., Marblehead

This will be a second location for Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Superfine, replacing the nearly decade-old Jack-Tar American Tavern. Superfine serves family-friendly pizza, burgers, and more made with local ingredients by a team with fine-dining resumes. The team also plans to open a third location at a mystery location this summer; stay tuned for more details.
Projected opening: Spring 2018

Marblehead openings beyond spring 2018

Keep an eye out for Chickpeas (195 Pleasant St., Marblehead) — opening timeline unknown — a small, mostly takeout-focused Mediterranean restaurant that plans to open in an old gas station.

A burger at Tony C’s
A burger at Tony C’s
Tony C’s/Facebook

Bancroft & Co.

210 Andover St., Peabody

This sibling to the Bancroft, a steakhouse in Burlington, will open in the Northshore Mall. While Bancroft & Co. will serve some favorites from its big sister, its menu will mostly be different.
Projected opening: Spring 2018

Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill

210 Andover St., Peabody

This massive sports bar coming to Peabody’s Northshore Mall has locations in Boston’s Fenway and Seaport neighborhoods, Somerville’s Assembly Row, and Burlington’s 3rd Ave development (alongside the Bancroft, which is also sending a sibling over to the Northshore Mall — see Bancroft & Co. above). This Tony C’s location will feature over 70 televisions and a patio (with heat lamps) with room for more than 50 people.
Projected opening: May 2018

Peabody openings beyond spring 2018

Watch 1 Main St., which is being redeveloped: Both La Siesta and Brodie’s Pub are slated to open there later this year. La Siesta is a Mexican restaurant with a location that has been open for over a decade in Winthrop. Brodie’s Pub already exists in Peabody, on Lowell Street, but it will move to a larger space at the Main Street building. The 30-year-old sports bar serves wings, steak tips, and more.

Another restaurant is moving from Lowell Street to Main Street, too: The NexMex Thing, a Mexican restaurant that opened in early 2017, is moving from 14 Lowell St. to a larger space at 75 Main St.

And one more upcoming opening for Main Street: Longtime homebrewers Robert Dunn and Jeffrey Marquis will open a taproom and brewery, Granite Coast Brewing, at 77 Main St. sometime this year. It’s slated to have indoor and outdoor seating, with growler fills available. There won’t be food for sale.

Tacos from the Roof at the Hotel Salem
Tacos from the Roof at the Hotel Salem
The Roof/Instagram

Finz Seafood & Grill

86 Wharf St., Salem

The Pickering Wharf seafood restaurant is making a small move from 86 Wharf St. to 76 Wharf St., the former Victoria Station space, which will give it about 1,000 extra square feet. Finz has been in its current location for close to two decades.
Projected opening: Late spring 2018 (but the original location is still open for now)

The Roof

The Hotel Salem, 209 Essex St., Salem

Along with Counter, which opened in the winter, the Roof — Salem’s only rooftop bar — will open at the recently debuted Hotel Salem, featuring “strong drink [and] simple food,” according to its website.
Projected opening: Spring 2018

Salem openings beyond spring 2018

After spring, watch for the 2018 openings of Brew on the Grid (217 Essex St.) and East Regiment Beer Company (30 Church St.). As noted above in the Lynn section, Brew on the Grid is a cafe that is part of a Worcester-based restaurant group with big expansion plans for Brew as well as for several other restaurants. The founder used to oversee 100 Starbucks locations. Brew on the Grid expanded from Worcester to Cambridge in late summer 2017 (but ended up closing in winter 2018), and the forthcoming Lynn and Marlborough locations are expected to open in April 2018.

As for East Regiment, it will be located in the same building as Nick’s Firehouse Coffee Shop, and it will have a tasting room and outdoor seating, with brewing operations in the basement. Follow along on Facebook for construction updates.

In other future brewery news, Portsmouth’s Beara Brewing, an Irish brewery that brews with Irish barley malt, needs more space, and founder Michael Potorti is reportedly eyeing a waterfront space in Salem that would allow for doubled production and a large taproom.

Also coming to Salem at some point soon: Boston Burger Company — which has locations in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville — will open at 133 Washington St.

Kane’s turtle doughnut
Kane’s turtle doughnut
Kane’s Donuts/Facebook

Eataly Imports

184 Broadway, Rt. 1, Saugus

A specialty Italian shop that’s been open for about a year is converting into a restaurant, serving pasta and sandwiches; gelato and pastries will be added shortly after opening. There will be karaoke as well, but no booze.
Projected opening: Spring 2018

Kane’s Donuts

Essex Landing, 1575 Broadway, Rt. 1, Saugus

The former site of Rt. 1 Miniature Golf & Batting Cages, home of the iconic orange dinosaur, is being turned into a development that will include apartments, a hotel, restaurant and retail space, and more. Saugus’ classic doughnut shop, Kane’s Donuts, which recently expanded to downtown Boston, is slated to open a new location at the development sometime this spring with a drive-thru window. Other food tenants haven’t been announced yet.
Projected opening: Spring 2018

Saugus openings beyond spring 2018

In other news of iconic spaces being taken over by new developments, the old Hilltop Steak House space at 855 Broadway (Rt. 1) could be home to a new location of the rapidly expanding local chain 110 Grill, which serves new American food in a bit of an upscale setting, in early 2019. It’ll be part of the AvalonBay Communities development being built on the Hilltop site.

Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Wakefield. Know of something? Let us know.

Wakefield openings beyond spring 2018

Anthony Caturano, who is behind Prezza in Boston’s North End and an Italian seafood restaurant called Tonno in Gloucester, will expand Tonno to Wakefield (175 North Ave.). The restaurant will seat over 100 inside and 65 on a patio, and it will have a full liquor license. It’s slated for a summer 2018 opening.

In other expansion news, Tequila’s Grill & Cantina out of Chelmsford is expanding to Wakefield (979 Main St.). The restaurant first opened in Chelmsford in mid-2017, serving burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and more. Owner Eric Brambila is also a co-owner of the Groton location of Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina.

The Roof at the Hotel Salem

209 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970 (978) 451-4814 Visit Website

Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill (Peabody)

210 Andover St., Peabody, MA 01960 Visit Website

Superfine Food (Marblehead)

126 Washington St., Marblehead, MA 01945 Visit Website

Blue Canoe Cafe

14 School St., Marblehead, MA 01945 Visit Website

Brew on the Grid (Lynn)

23 Central Ave., Units 101-102, Lynn, MA 01901 Visit Website