Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott Has Closed; New Restaurant on the Way

A landmark waterfront restaurant on the North Shore has closed its doors, though the owners of the place will be opening a new dining spot with a brand new concept.

The Daily Item of Lynn is reporting that Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott shuttered on Sunday after 15 years in business, with owners Robert Hoffman, Wellington Augusto, and Martin Bloom planning on opening on a new restaurant that will apparently have a different name, a more seafood-oriented menu, and possibly a roofdeck. It appears that the new spot could be open by July 4, according to the article.

[April 19 update: A new article from the Daily Item of Lynn mentions that the Red Rock Bistro has been "reduced to rubble," with its walls being taken down this week. It still looks like the plans are for a new restaurant with what appears to be a different name and a completely different layout. (Thanks to @djglidden for bringing this to our attention.)]

[May 16 update: The Daily Item of Lynn now reports that Martin Bloom could be in a bit of trouble for his total demolition of the Red Rock Bistro building. The article says that the Historical Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals had apparently approved of a partial demolition and extensive renovation of the structure--not a complete demolition--resulting in the building inspector ordering a halt to the project last week. Bloom and his partners will now need to go before the board later this month in order to amend their permit, and it is possible that they could be fined "for tearing down any historical portions of the building older than 75 years."]

Wellington Augusto also runs the Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport, while Martin Bloom was the founder of the Vinny Testa's chain (of which Robert Hoffman was a partner). Until last year, Red Rock Bistro had been owned by Paul Petersiel, who was also the founder of the restaurant (Petersiel passed away last year).

The address for the now-closed Red Rock Bistro (and new restaurant that is on the way) is 141 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA, 01907.

Thanks to @djglidden for bringing this to our attention.

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]