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May 28, 2013

Cape Ann Business Briefs


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Seaport Grille introduces new late night menu

A Gloucester harborside restaurant is kicking off the start of summer this Thursday with the introduction of new late night menu and an a cappella performance.

The North Shore ACappella will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight as the new menu debuts at Seaport Grille. Some items on the menu are Sully’s sliders, mini lobster rolls, chicken sliders, pizza and calamari.

Seaport Grille is located at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester.

Two local marinas join boater referral program

Eighteen marinas, including two locally, have enrolled in the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association’s 2013 Stay Local Boat MA Transient Boater Referral Program. Now in its fifth year, this reciprocal program encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates. For as little as $50 to $200 participating marinas are given a discount card to hand to every customer as well as logo placement on two websites: www.staylocalboatma.com and www.boatma.com.

Taking part are Manchester Marine, off Ashland Avenue on Manchester Harbor, and Cape Ann Marina Resort, off Essex Avenue on the Annisquam River, in Gloucester.

Designed to promote the concept of “vacationing at home”, the Stay Local program keeps boating-related tax dollars local while rewarding customer loyalty and promoting each participating facility.

“The 2013 Stay Local program is comprised of exceptional cruising destinations covering the North Shore, South Shore, South Coast, Cape Cod and Boston. From bucolic to urban, this diverse group of facilities is sure to please anyone’s tastes,” stated Tom Cox, president of Constitution Marina in Boston.

For MMTA member and nonmember costs and other details visit www.boatma.com or www.staylocalboatma.com. Rules and regulations vary by location and blackout dates may apply. Discounts cannot be combined with others and the program is limited to marina customers.

Pizzeria, raw bar serving on Main Street

Short & Main, a new wood-fired pizza restaurant and raw bar has opened in the historic West End of Main Street in Gloucester. The restaurant at the corner of Short and Main streets is a collaborative effort between Amelia and Nico Monday, owners of the The Market Restaurant in Annisquam, and partners Howie Correa and Matthew Cawley.

Short & Main serves pizza Napolitana — thin crust, wood-fired oven pizza — made in the Mugnaini wood-fired oven sent straight from Tuscany. There is also a New England-style raw bar featuring local oysters, cherrystones, and lobster.

Short & Main accepts walk-ins only and will be open year-round.

Growing business moves into historic Blackburn building

GAP Promotions LLC has moved into the historic Blackburn Tavern Building on One Washington Street, which most recently had housed the Cape Ann Theatre, or “The Annie.”

The company has hung red, white and blue bunting with the GAp logo from the building’s windows and railing for Memorial Day. The patriotic bunting will come down for Fiesta week when it will be exchanged for some in Italian colors, said company founder Gayle Piraino, adding that patriotic bunting will go back up for the Fourth of July.

GAP Promotions is a full-service promotional products agency, providing innovative goods and services to the top players in the alcohol and spirits industry. The company creates promotional programs, designs and delivers custom racks and displays, and provides a one-stop shop for the full range of promotional items.

Piraino said the move was driven by the company’s growth and need for additional space, along with a strong desire to be in the heart of downtown Gloucester.

The GAP team includes 10 full-time professionals and a number of part-time staff and interns.

The company’s phone number, 978-281-0083, remains the same.

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