Frank McClelland of L'Espalier Is Opening Riversbend at the Essex Marina
Last year, we reported that an award-winning chef who owns a nationally-recognized restaurant in Boston would be opening a new dining spot on the North Shore, Now we have learned a bit more about the place, including an exact location and a new name for the spot.
According to a job post on Craigslist, Riversbend is going to be opening along the Essex River at the Essex Marina, with Frank McClelland of L'Espalier in the Back Bay partnering with Lindsay and Curt Bergeron, who are the owners of the marina according to a page on the Manta site. The job post mentions that Riversbend--which was originally planning to be called "Tides"--will be a casual "farm-to-fork" restaurant and bar with a wood oven, fire pit, and rotisserie, with the eatery being open for lunch and dinner. A Facebook post from the place indicates that it could be opening by or before June 15, though that note was from last month so it is possible that this date could have changed.
L'Espalier has received accolades from several national publications over the years, and McClelland himself was a James Beard Award winner for Best Northeast Chef in 2007
The address for Riversbend is 35 Dodge Street, Essex, MA, 01929.
[July 22 update: Eater Boston mentions that Riversbend opens its doors this evening.]
Frank McClelland of L'Espalier to Open Tides in Essex
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