Changes at Black Cow, Wenham Tea House Just Some of Spring's North Shore Restaurant News

Welcome to our round up of area restaurant and food news.

Hamilton and Wenham residents don’t just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking.

Restaurant comings and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on area Patch sites over the past month.

Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories local Patch sites have covered over the past month. Read through our round up for the latest food news in the area.


The will soon have a liquor license. In February, 130 Wenham voters met in a Special Town Meeting to unanimously support starting the process of a home rule petition for a “pouring license” for the Tea House, which reopened under new management in late March. It is now operated by the owner’s of Henry’s Fine Foods of Beverly, whose owner John Keohane sought a pouring license as part of his takeover of the operation. On May 8, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading. The bill has been “fast-tracked” and still needs the approval of the House of Representatives and the signature of Gov. Deval Patrick before alcohol can be poured at the Tea House.

The frozen yogurt company Pinkberry – somewhat unknown in these parts but a growing (and popular) company that started seven years ago in California – is coming to North Beverly, Hamilton-Wenham Patch reports. 

No new information has come out about the in Hamilton, since Hamilton-Wenham Patch first reported in April the restaurant had closed for renovations.


Turner’s Seafood is interested in moving into Danvers. Turner's is interested in a location seen from Route 128, at 51 Needham Road. The empty building, adjacent to Hollywood Hits and BJ's Wholesale, has been vacant for about five years. Turner’s Seafood, a family owned local business dating back to the 1920's, is vying for a location in town, and at Monday night's Annual Town Meeting in Danvers, members approved their request for a home-rule petition for an all-alcohol license.


It’s sad news for those that appreciate organic eating. Each Peach Café on Route 1 in Danvers closed its doors on May 16. Danvers Patch spoke to the owner about her decision.

Entertainment will be coming to Maple Street Tavern in Danvers. Dean Borders, owner and manager of the newly opened downtown eatery, appealed to the Selectmen for a five-day entertainment license that would allow for a three-piece band or DJ.  

Borders said he hopes to have bands and an occasional DJ at night, as well as a possible jazz brunch on Sunday mornings.

Daily Harvest fans rejoice - the café is opening a second location in Danvers at Cherry Hill Office Park. The café promises a larger dining room and outdoor seating. For complete details, check out the Danvers Patch story.


Peabody's newest restaurant has been creating a buzz for years really, with fans of the original Salem establishment closely following the latest tidbits on the Route 1 development ever since it was first announced two summers ago.

And now those fans' long-suffering is at an end -- Red's Kitchen & Tavern finally opens its doors today at 131 Newbury St.

The North Shore Mall food court will have a new tenant in June. Simon Malls announced Thai Grill will be moving in.


Orange Leaf Yogurt will be opening soon in Salem. The same man who brought Orange Leaf to Andover will be opening at the corner of Lafayette and New Derby streets. Pierre received unanimous support from the Licensing Board, which granted him a Common Victuallers License to operate from the Lafayette Street location, which was formerly the site of West Coast Video

If you were a fan of the Upper Crust, which closed in February, we have some good news. If you're also fan of the Gulu Gulu Cafe, we have even better news. The Gulu family has plans to bring pizza back to Upper Crust with the Flying Saucer Pizza Company, a brand new gourmet pizza place scheduled to land by the summer. To follow the story, check out Salem Patch. 

Vegetarians have a new spot to dine in Salem. Life Alive opened its doors this month. The organic oasis has other locations in Cambridge and Lowell. Marblehead native Heidi Feinstein owns the Salem restaurant.

After a brief hiatus, Salem’s Cafe Valverde is back open. Welcome back!

Howling Wolf in Salem has been getting quite the press lately. Channel 5's Chronicle will be filming at the restaurant from noon to 2 p.m. today.  Speaking of the Wolf, check out their recent Phantom Gourmet piece on YouTube here.


Hood Ice Cream, based in Lynnfield, announced some new flavors this month, just in time for summer.

 The new flavors include introductions to the Hood Classic and New England Creamery Ice Cream lines as well as new Red Sox Novelties and Ice Cream Sandwich items. Hood's New England Creamery flavors continue the company's tradition of paying homage to its New England roots with locally inspired premium flavors such as Down East Double Fudge Brownie and Mt. Washington Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. The new ice cream flavors are available in stores now, with the exception of New England Creamery Limited Edition Whoopie Pie, which makes its debut in June.

HP Hood and Brigham’s Ice Cream will serve 2,400 gallons of ice cream at the 30th annual all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, presented by FedEx, on June 5, 6 and 7 at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. One hundred percent of the ice cream, labor and scoopers are donated.


Rep. Brad Hill May 31, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Hello, As a further update, the pouring license bill was passed in the Senate earlier today and was then voted to the Committee on Bills in the Third Reading by the House. The legislative process should only take a couple of more weeks for passage. Rep. Brad Hill
Michelle Bailey May 31, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Thanks you for the update! When the bill passes will Wenham again have a pouring license AND a package store license available?
Rep. Brad Hill June 01, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Hi Michelle, That is correct. Rep. Brad Hill


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