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Two New Eateries in North Reading and More Restaurant News

Also in this month's restaurant round-up: Phantom Gourmet recognizes Gingerbread Construction Company in Wakefield and Owner of China Cuisine opens a new restaurant in Wilmington.

We know Reading and North Reading residents don’t just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking. 

Restaurant coming and goings, new business 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.

NORTH READING

Liquor License Approved for Ginger Gourmet in North Reading

Management from the Ginger Gourmet Restaurant attended the Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night, for the second time, to have their liquor license approved. The board voted unanimously to approve the license.

The Asian restaurant, Ginger Gourmet, will be opening at 265 Main St. in lot #10. According to Manager Mark Zeng, the restaurant is going to be a first class, fine dining Asian restaurant with Chinese and Japanese food.

New Owner to Take Over Restaurant and Function Facility at Thomson Country Club

Owner of Teresa's Italian Eatery in Middleton, Nick Yebba, Sr., is taking over the restaurant and function facility at the Thomson Country Club. The transfer of the liquor license was approved at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting, and Yebba plans to make some major changes to the club.

Yebba is "seeking to maintain the same level of service” that the club had before, according to his attorney. He will transform the restaurant into a steak house called Theresa’s Prime, which Yebba referred to as a "high end, moderately priced restaurant."

WAKEFIELD

Cravings Travels Back In Time

Try taking an ice cream parlor and literally moving it across the street.

That's what Rick Campbell, the owner of Cravings since March 15, 1993, of Salem, N.H., did when he relocated his existing business into a vintage ice cream parlor, with the look of the 1920s after the original owner died from 400 Main St. to 389 Main St. Now called Creations, 400 Main St. sells organic lunch and smoothies.

Gingerbread Construction Company Involved In the Community

Local grocery store bakeries are probably the most inexpensive choice. But if gourmet pastries are what you're looking for, The Gingerbread Construction Company, at 52 Main St., isn't a bad gig, either.

Nineteen varieties of the store's muffins have been recognized by the Phantom Gourmet and have won other awards. Phantom Gourmet loves the Strawberry Shortcake, but Blueberry is the most popular with customers, which haven't stopped coming in since the Wakefield location opened in 1995.

WILMINGTON

Royal Dynasty will soon have a new owner and a new name. After closing its doors for at least one month, the Wilmington Chinese restaurant will have a new look as well.

During Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Victor Hui, the president of Pacific Sunshine, requested a transfer of the all-liquor license for the business that is currently known as Royal Dynasty.

Initial Results Are Heav'nly for Wilmington's Newest Business

Heav’nly Donuts got off to a fast start in Wilmington. But the town’s newest coffee shop may just be starting to rev up its engine.

“So far it’s been a great start. There are a lot of kinks to work out when you’re bringing a fresh business to town,” said Renny Schofield, who opened the Main Street location on August 20. “Right now we’re getting very close to firing on all eight cylinders.”

ANDOVER

A true football fan, Spiro Pappadopoulos, of the family-owned  was inspired to open a burger and wings place in Andover after hosting a Super Bowl party last winter.

“A friend of mine from Boston wanted wings, and I told him there wasn’t anywhere in Andover to get them,” he explained.

Salvatore's to Open in Early November

Salvatore's Restaurant received both their liquor license and common victuallers license from the Board of Selectmen and Peter Ackerman, who will be the manager of the restaurant, told the board that they hope to open within the first two weeks of November.

The restaurant will located in the former Rugged Bear location at 34 Park St. The Andover location will be the fifth Salvatore's Restaurant to open in the Boston area. Salvatore's operates establishments in Boston's Theatre District, Boston's Waterfront, Medford Square and Lawrence.

Emily M September 26, 2012 at 01:34 PM
any news on the 2 rumored restaurants coming to 30 haven? also i heard orange leaf pulled out of main st because of Zinga.
Beefstick September 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Two new restaurants on Haven? That's great! We could use a legitimate seafood restaurant, Middle Eastern, Indian, etc. Hopefully not two more roast beef shops/Italian restaurants! Need to diversify the portfolio a little bit. I hadn't heard Orange Leaf was pulling out, but not surprised. I was wondering how two Frozen Yogurt shops were going to co-exist a couple of blocks away from each other. How about a real ice cream parlor in the downtown area? I'd also love to see someone turn the now-for-sale post office into a local/neighborhood movie theater with some indie-type movies. That, or convert it into a small bowling alley. We need more nightlife/activities downtown. I've driven by Zinga at 9:30 or 10 and it was packed to the gills. Opportunities abound in downtown Reading.
Beefstick September 26, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Would Anna's Taqueria consider opening up shop in Reading? That would complete me.
Emily M September 26, 2012 at 04:47 PM
i'll take chipotle, trader joes and i will be a happy person.
Ashley Troutman September 26, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Hi Emily, What did you hear about 30 Haven? I'll try to find out more info for you.
Liz Whitelam September 27, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Apparently, Portland Pie Company (http://www.portlandpie.com/) is coming to 30 Haven. Not sure about the other space. @Beefstick - I actually wrote to Anna's a year or so ago to float the idea, and they said there wasn't enough foot traffic. However, it would be interesting to see if they would reconsider if enough people contacted them... http://annastaqueria.com/ask.htm
Beefstick September 27, 2012 at 01:53 PM
That's interesting Liz, thanks! What's your source? I do love pizza, and we actually have some pretty good options around town already. One more is always welcome. It says "pizza and pub" on their website. I like the sounds of that. I will definitely contact Anna's. Funny - I've spoken to some other ex-Cambridge/Somerville residents who have moved to Reading and have echoed the sentiment. If not for Anna's, then at least some sort of burrito or Mexican establishment. I'll forward the link to them too!!
LeeAnne Martino September 29, 2012 at 01:17 PM
So excited for the Thomson CC changes, these folks do a fabulous job at Teresa's in Middleton!

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