by Marc Hurwitz
The people behind a local group of dining and drinking spots will be replacing a now-closed location with a restaurant with a new name and various upgrades.
According to a source, the former Tavern in the Square in Salem is expected to become home to The Derby Restaurant in March, with a Salem News article saying that indicating that the new spot will have more of a "local feel." The restaurant's president--Giuseppe "Joey" Arcari--says in the post that "We're going to refocus on the local side of things....I think we got away with that with the Tavern." Expect to see new lighting, furniture, and TVs at The Derby Restaurant along with a new menu and a new patio, and there will also be a couple of new managing partners (one of whom will also be a new head chef).
Tavern in the Square closed its Salem location in November following the closures of its two Cambridge restaurants the previous year; its Allston location was completely renovated and rebranded as "Tavern Allston" last year as well, while existing locations remain in operation Boston's North Station and South Station, along with Burlington, Littleton, Lowell, Northborough, Shrewsbury, and Cranston, RI.
The address for upcoming Derby Restaurant (and former Tavern in the Square) is 189 Washington Street, Salem, MA, 01970.
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