We know Reading and North Reading residents don’t only stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking.
Restaurant coming and goings, new businesses and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month.
Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the past month.
Great American Tavern Keeps Extended Patio Hours
The selectmen voted to permanently extend the hours of the patio at the Great American Tavern at their meeting on Monday night. The board originally granted a temporary extension of their patio hours last June. The management at Great American Tavern has been dealing with complaints since last year from neighbors in the area. The noise created by live bands seems to be the biggest issue remaining.
Wilmington residents have been hungry for information on the opening date of the newly renovated Royal Dynasty restaurant, which will be renamed Pacific Grove. According to the business’ owner, it will be worth the wait. Victor Hui and his wife, May, have run into some delays in construction in fixing their Lowell Street restaurant, but said on Tuesday that they are hopeful to open Pacific Grove’s doors around New Year.
Spinners Pizza Parlor Can Cater Your Party
Spinners Pizza Parlor, 195 Andover St., has been a fixture in the Ballardvale neighborhood for 18 years. Although primarily known for their pizza, calzones, subs, dinner plates, soups and salads, they have also had an extensive catering menu for the past 5 years. Darlene DiCesare owns the restaurant with her son Eric and daughter Alexandria. She said everything they serve down to the sauce, meatballs, soup and Syrian bread is homemade and made to order.
Thyme to Eat!
Thyme Japanese Cuisine in North Andover has been open for only eight months, but it has quickly found a home as one of the town’s favorite places to eat sushi. "Sushi and the Hibachi food are the most popular," said Irene Li of Thyme. The sushi bar has a few items that you may not find at all Japanese restaurants. First of all the Ee-Dako, baby octopus, makes a great appetizer at only five dollars. Tako Su is another popular octopus dish that is marinated in a flavorful vinegar sauce. That dish costs only six dollars.
Town Approves Legal C Bar Liquor License
Lynnfield selectmen have approved an all-alcoholic beverage license for Legal C Bar, which will be one of the high-profile tenants at MarketStreet at Lynnfield around this time next year. The first Legal C Bar was opened at Logan Airport, and there is also currently one down Route 128 at Legacy Place in Woburn. Still, owner Roger Berkowitz noted that just because there are already a couple of Legal C Bars, the one in Lynnfield will not be a carbon copy of them.
Landmark Lynnfield Restaurant Opening Seen In Mid-January
Back in September, Nino Micozzi, owner of The Ship, appeared at a Lynnfield selectmen's meeting with his attorney for the renewal of the establishment's liquor license, which was approved. At the time, Micozzi told Lynnfield Patch that his new restaurant would invoke the classic earlier days of The Ship. The classic Lynnfield restaurant is now expecting to re-open its doors soon after the holidays, with a tentative date of January 15, 2013.