Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Bar 25 in Ayer Plans to Replace Ceia in Newburyport

A restaurant and bar in Ayer that is known for its craft cocktails is looking to open a second location, and this one would replace a well-known spot in Newburyport.

According to a source, Bar 25 is planning to replace Ceia on State Street, with a Daily News article saying that Bar 25 owner Reza Rahmani is looking to open a location that will be bigger than the original on Main Street in Ayer. An Instagram post from Nancy Batista-Caswell of Ceia indicates that if all goes as planned and the transfer does go through, the last night for Ceia could be Thankgiving Eve. (Other restaurants from Batista-Caswell and the Caswell Restaurant Group are Brine in Newburyport and Oak + Rowan in Boston's Fort Point area.)

The address for Ceia (and the proposed Bar 25) is 38 State Street, Newburyport, MA, 01950.

[November 27 update: Wednesday was indeed the final night that Ceia offered its dinner menu, but a Facebook post mentions that it will be open for burgers and charcuterie tonight, a wine dinner tomorrow night, and a last brunch on Sunday which will wrap things up for the restaurant.]

[November 30 update: Ceia is now closed, and a Facebook post from Nancy Batista-Caswell indicates that Bar 25 will indeed be opening in the space, with her note saying to the restaurant, "Welcome to the hood."]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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

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