Thursday, November 29, 2018

7 Central in Manchester-by-the-Sea Is Closing; Antique Table to Replace It

by Marc Hurwitz

A decades-old restaurant and bar that resides in an historic space on the North Shore is saying farewell, and a growing group of Italian dining spots will be moving in.

The Gloucester Daily Times is reporting that 7 Central in Manchester-by-the-Sea is closing at the end of the year, as owner Paul Barclay is going to be retiring from the business. The article mentions that a location of Antique Table will open up in the space and that employees at 7 Central staff will have the option to work there--and they will also have the chance to work at other locations of Antique Table in Lynn, Winthrop, and Salem while renovations are being done. If all goes well, the new outlet of Antique Table could be opening anytime between the middle of January and late February.

7 Central first opened nearly four decades ago in a structure that has been a tavern, stage coach stop, and post office over the past 250+ years, according to 7 Central's website. Barclay took over the dining and drinking spot approximately four years ago from The Landing Group, which is behind The Landing in Marblehead.

The address for 7 Central (and the upcoming Antique Table) is 7 Central Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, 01944. The website for 7 Central can be found at while the website for Antique Table is at

Thanks to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for initially bringing this to our attention.

[January 3, 2019 update: The Facebook page for the restaurant confirms that 7 Central closed its doors on January 1.]

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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]