Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Lyceum in Salem Is Closing; 43 Church Replacing It

A Mediterranean bistro in Salem that has been in business for more than 20 years is shutting its doors, and a new restaurant and bar is moving into the space.

Based on information from a job post on Craigslist as well as a letter posted by North Shore Dish from the restaurant itself, The Lyceum on Church Street will be closing on July 31. The letter notes that the owner of the restaurant is planning to retire, though he will remain a partner in the new dining spot that is replacing it in August, which, according to Craigslist, will be a steakhouse and wine bar.

[August 18 update: The new restaurant, which is now open, is called 43 Church. The menu from its Facebook page shows such items as steak, chops, and classic American dishes including boiled lobster, pan-seared haddock, and free-range chicken.]

The Lyceum first opened in 1989 in an old lecture hall that historic figures such as Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Alexander Graham Bell once visited. The restaurant's menu has included a variety of pasta, seafood, beef, and chicken dishes as well as a raw bar.

The address for The Lyceum (and the new 43 Church) in Salem is 43 Church Street, Salem, MA, 01970. The website for the new restaurant can be found at