Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mission on the Bay Is Opening in Former Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott

A landmark North Shore restaurant that was demolished last year will finally be replaced by a new dining spot this summer.

According to a Facebook post, Mission on the Bay is going to open in the former Red Rock Bistro space in Swampscott, with the waterfront restaurant eyeing a possible July opening. The Red Rock closed its doors in the winter of 2014 to make way for a new concept from new owners, but the owners surprised the town by tearing down the building a couple of months later, leading to a temporary halt to the project by the building inspector.

[August 14 update: The Swampscott Patch indicates that the opening of Mission on the Bay has been delayed at least in part by the fact that the building boom in the Boston area means that there aren't enough builders available. It appears that the restaurant might not be opening until the mid- to late fall now.]

[April 15, 2016 update: After a long construction delay, it looks like Mission on the Bay could be opening later this month or early next month, according to a new article in The Swampscott Reporter.]

[May 15, 2016 update: According to a source, Mission on the Bay is now open.]

An earlier article from The Daily Item of Lynn mentions that the new dining spot gets its name from Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport, which partners Wellington Augusto, Martin Bloom, and Robert Hoffman are involved with (Bloom was also the founder of the Vinny Testa's chain).

The address for the new Mission on the Bay is 141 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA, 01907. The website for the restaurant will be at

[Earlier Article]
Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott Has Closed; New Restaurant on the Way

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