We know Danvers 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.
Danvers Fresh Marketplace on Elm Street will be offering a new line of speciality Rail Trail beverages, including soda, lemonade, and spring water..
"When Kate [Day] told me she still had a lot of drinks left from the Rail Trail Event, I told her that I would try to sell the items in the store to help out the rail trail," Danvers Fresh Marketplace owner Andrea Harry said. "We feel that it is a great cause and we are willing to help out the town our business is located in as much as possible."
Proceeds from the drinks will benefit the Danvers Rail Trail completion.
Rail Trail beverages will range from $1-2.
The two establishments were among a group of six to appear before the board on June 25 after having failed a random alcohol compliance check (or sting) on May 23 by Peabody police and undercover operatives.
In each case, an underage customer -- one of the operatives -- was sold a beer without being asked for an ID.
Maki Sushi, Martino's Liquors, Fuji Sushi and Royal Garden all had a first offense and were issued a warning and encouraged to train their employees if they hadn't done so already, but both the Cabaret and Carrabba's had violations within the past year as well.
And at Carrabba's, both the manager on duty that day and the managing partner for the Peabody operation lost their jobs in addition to the bartender.
Keilty said that his clients, the new owners of the Brazilian restaurant and bar, were able to obtain an indefinite court injunction that will keep the establishment open for business for as long as it takes to have the new management of Oliveira's approved by liquor licensing authorities at both the local and state levels.
The Peabody Licensing Board, in June, gave Oliveira's up to 90 days from July 1 to file proper forms with the city and state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, identifying who the corporate officers and manager of record are or else lose the license permanently. And that documentation had to be approved first by the ABCC within that same time period.
Where are all the traffic improvements? That's what city councilors are wondering in the face of the new Dunkin' Donuts at 79 Lynnfield St. opening its doors this month, but apparently without agreed-upon traffic safety upgrades in place.
"I don't know what happened, but the ball was dropped or thrown away," said Ward 2 Councilor Arthur Athas, who lives down the street from the shopping plaza.
Progress has crawled along for more than a year at the site of the new Bagel World on Route 1, but according to city officials, the popular local chain of eateries is preparing to pump out its famous bagels by the end of August.
Building Commissioner Kevin Goggin said he met with the construction contractor Tuesday morning and spoke recently with the project architect as well, both of whom say plans are to open up shop within the next month.
Goggin said the entire bakery operation may be moving over to 246 Newbury St. (it's on the southbound side of Route 1) from where the lone Peabody location is now at 10 Sylvan St.
Owner Stanley Kantorosinski did not return a phone call for comment.
Goggin said the interior plans for the Route 1 spot are similar to the setup on Sylvan Street except that there will be a drive-through window for customers. The City Council approved a special permit for a drive-through last May.
Ben Shute is taking over at the popular downtown Hamilton restaurant located in the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing.
Shute was promoted to the position when the former manager Andrea Knight was promoted to a corporate position with Serenitee Restaurant Group, which owns 15 Walnut and several other North Shore restaurants, according to attorney Gilda Elmstrom.
The patio, built of bluestone, has been open a little over a week but did not get much use for the first few days because of the hot and humid weather. But when things cooled down and dried out , the 35 seats on the patio started to fill up.
The patio was one of the changes that were unveiled when Henry’s Fine Foods of Beverly took over management of the Wenham Tea House – which is owned by the Wenham Village Improvement Society – earlier this year.
A pouring liquor license for the Wenham Tea House is inching closer to reality, with the Tea House’s management hoping to have the license in hand by fall. John Keohane, owner of the Tea House’s operator, Henry’s FineFoods, said his attorney is working on the paperwork to submit to town officials.
Late last month, Gov. Deval Patrick signed the home rule petition into law, granting the town of Wenham a pouring license for the Tea House. Now it is up to Henry’s to submit the required paperwork. The Board of Selectmen, acting as the Licensing Board, will then review the application. If approved, the license would then also need approval from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
“We’re thinking it won’t be until fall,” Keohane said.
People are barking up a storm in Salem after a decision by City of Salem Health Agent Larry Ramdin to suddenly enforce this law banning dogs from outdoor restaurant patios.
For the last 15 years, more than a few Salem restaurants have become known for their hospitality to local dog owners and their pets. Outdoor patios offer water, biscuits and, in one case, even a small doggy menu. Sunny weekend days bring these folks and their animals out in great numbers.
This month, Contributor William Legault weighed in on the Health Department's recent decision to start paying closer attention to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 272, Section 98A.
Legault reported the health agent said there have been complaints about man and beast on the same patios, and enforcement may jeopardize the time pups and owners spend together at local restaurants.
The Salem Licensing Board approved an application and a pledge for the transfer of an annual beer and wine license. Word is the restaurant in Salem will also be called Brodies and will likely have an ice cream window on the Derby Street side of the building.
The result was her car crashing through the wall of the bakery/shop.
There were no injuries in the accident, although the car went through the wall where the fudge was so there was a loss of fudge and some of the penny candies.
Smolak Farms is still open for business.