The two-level Ember Wood Fired Grill in downtown Dover, New Hampshire, is housed in a converted 19th-century fire station. Downstairs, the ambiance is warm and relaxed, complete with a fireplace. Upstairs the scene is more casual, with TVs, community seating, and a pool table.
Helen Williams, owner and head chef of 2 Home Cooks, wants you to feel like family as soon as you enter her eatery. Housed in Dover’s Cocheco Park, the restaurant features a large wraparound bar that surrounds an open kitchen, giving customers a front-row view of the action, plus the ability to interact with the person making their meal. “We want to get to know the guests and be a little more personal,” Williams says. “Instead of walking into a restaurant, you’re walking into our home.”
Opened in December, 2016, The Paddle Inn in downtown Newburyport operates with a “food, drink, sun, surf” theme—and it is working. “The response has been great,” says Co-owner and Executive Chef Suzi Maitland, an experienced restaurateur with Trina’s Starlite Lounge and Parlor Sports in Somerville, Massachusetts, among some of her other culinary business concerns.