The Grammas family has been in the restaurant business a long time. And for as many years, the family has hosted a longtime Cape Ann tradition at their restaurant. But, it’s the story of how one family member came to do so that is at the heart of what makes Cape Ann and the North Shore a very special place.
George Grammas founded The Gull restaurant, and later purchased Lobsta Land, which is now operated by his son, Corey Grammas and his family. Long ago, Corey, who studied entrepreneurial studies and economics at Babson College, was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program, which is now operated by SeniorCare Inc., which delivers a nutritious meal to frail elders who are homebound.
Corey’s volunteerism showed him firsthand how local nonprofit services affected his neighbors in a positive way. It’s difficult to go in to someone’s home, recognizing the difficulty that they might have without those services, and not want to do more.
So, the Grammas family, understanding the need, and being able to “do more,” generously makes their restaurant available each fall to sponsor the annual fundraiser breakfast that benefits SeniorCare Inc. This helps ensure that the services the agency provides to elders and disabled adults in the nine communities it serves — Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham — despite gaps in state or federal funding, can continue. The services help area seniors live more independently at home, and remain a part of each of those communities. In these days of financial uncertainty, with cuts looming from the sequester and the government shut down, this is no small gift from this dedicated family and their staff.
Lobsta Land is a local landmark, voted Best of Boston in 2012 by Boston Magazine readers, and dedicated to community involvement. In addition to SeniorCare, the family restaurant supports other local charities and events, such as Gloucester Pride Stride, Gloucester Stage Company, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fishermen Youth Soccer, Gloucester Little League, and Wellspring House. It all started with a volunteering spirit and a desire to contribute. Maybe — even more than the food, which is excellent — that’s why Lobsta Land is such a beloved part of the Gloucester landscape. It’s really more than just a place to eat, just as the Meals on Wheels that Corey once delivered are “more than just a meal” to the people who receive them. The volunteer spirit delivers more than a product, or a service. It delivers the message that someone cares.