Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Stella's Restaurant and Wine Bar Is Opening in Salem

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to Salem, and it looks like it will be moving into the space where a barbecue place had been.

According to a post within the jobs section of, Stella's Restaurant & Wine Bar is planning to open on Lafayette Street, with the address given indicating that it would be taking over the former Smokin' Betty's BBQ + Bar space. Very little is known about the upcoming spot other than the fact that SKF Hospitality Group is behind it, while a check on shows that the company is based in Saugus.

The space where Stella's Restaurant & Wine Bar is opening has been home to a few restaurants over the past decade, including Smokin' Betty's, Red Lulu, and Strega.

The address for this new dining and drinking spot in Salem is: Stella's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 94 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website will be at

[September 26 update: The website for the place mentions that Stella's Restaurant & Wine Bar will have more than 200 wines from around the world.]

[December 13 update: Eater Boston mentions that Stella's Restaurant & Wine Bar opens on December 18.]

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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]