More than 100 businesses north of Boston have closed in the past 18 months, including beloved restaurants, popular breweries, quaint markets and unique retail stores.
Whether these closures were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, bankruptcy, death of an owner, or retirement, we know these businesses – places like Angelica’s in Middleton, Cape Ann Brewing in Gloucester and 9 Wallis in Beverly – we really miss the Region.
The last supper at Angelica’s
For just over 29 years, Angelica’s in Middleton was a favorite spot for wedding receptions, business meetings, family celebrations, Thanksgiving meals, and Saturday night dinner.
However, owner Chris Kourkoulis closed the popular South Main Street restaurant in December, saying it was a decision he didn’t want to have to make.
“I don’t see the future improving quickly,” he said, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a contributing factor. “I just decided to bite the bullet and look forward to something else.”
Additionally, Kourkoulis said the cost of food has increased dramatically over the past eight years.
Sails Down at Cape Ann Brewing
One of the oldest breweries on the North Shore has closed for good in the past year.
Cape Ann Brewing Company, which was a staple of Gloucester’s waterfront for nearly two decades, ceased operations in January.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the final closure of the Cape Ann Brewing Company,” owner Jeremy Goldberg said via Facebook.
Located at 11 Rogers Street, the Cape Ann Brewing Company featured a pub serving world-class beer, fresh seafood and other fare.
“During the summer of 2002, an informal conversation gave birth to the idea, perhaps ill-thought out, of what would become the Cape Ann Brewing Company,” Goldberg explained. “We are proud of what we have created over the past 18 years. During this time, we have weathered many storms, sometimes enjoyed calm seas, and have always been grateful for the strong headwinds that guided our journey. Unfortunately, the current climate has turned out to be our last sail.
The stage lights go out at 9 Wallis
While plenty of live entertainment venues have reopened, earlier this year Vickie, Peter and John Van Ness announced that 9 Wallis would not.
The Van Nesses shared the unfortunate news via Facebook in June.
“We know the last 15 months have been extraordinarily difficult for you,” they posted. “They have been difficult for us too and we are extremely grateful for the kind words and support we have received from artists and fans during this calamity.”
Over the past year, the Van Nesses have said they are scrambling to be ready to reopen 9 Wallis when the time comes.
“Unfortunately, too many factors conspired to make reopening impossible,” they shared. “With no income from 9 Wallis for 15 months and a substantial loss due to the closure of our drive-ins, we are no longer able to continue to pour our own money into the venue. Considering the hefty reopening costs, combined with our landlord at 9 Wallis refusing to forgive any rent, we just don’t have the money to reopen. More importantly, we no longer have enough assets to face the enormous risks inherent in operating a concert hall. “
Below is a full list of companies that have permanently closed their storefronts since March 2020.
Beverly business closures
Union Jack Market (products available on Backbeat Brewery)
Chives Events & Catering
The local beet
The healthy animal
Ryal Side Cafe
Metro (Cabot Street location)
Alma Caribbean Fusion
The Moon + The Carpet (passed to online courses)
Kind Lab (offbeat online activity)
Beverly Wild Bird & Pet Supply
Winfrey’s Fudge & Chocolates (location has become a packaging facility)
Business closures in Danvers
Ann & Hope Curtain & Bathrobe
Chuck E. Cheese
Pier 1 Imports
The Italian cuisine of Calitri
Maple Street Dunkin
ToppSalad (moved to Beverly)
Saugus business closures
La Vita Mia
The Tumble Inn restaurant
Bed bath and beyond
Chinese Hoya, Sushi & Teriyaki
North Shore Bank branch at 489 Lincoln Ave.
Webster First Federal Credit Union branch at 448 Lincoln Ave.
One stop market
Sears at Square One Mall
Men’s clothing house
Second hand shop
Business closures in Salem
Salem beer work
Lobsah on a roll
Salem Moose Lodge
Chocolates from the Alley of Turtles II
Salem Smoke & Vape Shop
Po’boys and pies
Aroma Sanctum Perfumes
East Sakura Sushi and Chinese Buffet
Kokeshi (moved to Bambolina)
Amazing Pizza (moved to Beverly)
Cordonnier Gagnon (moved to Beverly)
Peabody business closures
Kelley Square Pub
Karl’s Sausage Kitchen & Market (café only – market still in operation)
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Burton’s Grill & Bar
Christmas Eve at Budget Pools
Sea Witch Restaurant and Seafood Shop
Business Closures in Gloucester
Cape Ann Brewing Company
The market restaurant
Business closures in Newburyport
Restaurant Andiamo + Bar
Plum Island coffee roasters
The Imperial Mandarin
Cafe La Sirena
Business closures in Nahant
Nahant Fish and Lobster
Business Closures in Swampscott
Vietnamese cuisine and sushi bar from Nguyen
Lynn Business Closures
Hanks Skinny Barbecue
Business Closures in Lynnfield
Kitchen and gas bar
Business closures in Topsfield
Business Closures in Middleton
Morse dry cleaners
China Villa of Middleton (closed August 31)
Rowley Business Closures
Business closures in Somerville
Moroccan hospitality restaurant
Punjabi cuisine and Punjabi grill
The public house of the black horse
Somerville Brewing Company
Au bon pain
Jaju Pierogi (Bow Market closed display; wholesale activity continues)
Revere business closures
D’Amelio’s Off the Boat Seafood
Business closures in Stoneham
Business closures in Medford
Mystical roaster (coffee only)
Model sporting goods
Boston Sports Cub
Melrose business closures
Italian Pizzeria by Gabriella
Malden business closures