GMG Q&A – Rob Hall

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)
I like looking at reviews of local businesses and places on yelp.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

We closed on our house on leap year day 2008, so it has almost been exactly one year. I was hoping that the city would allow us to pay our water bill annually on that day! I grew up in a neighboring community on Cape Ann.
What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Not Winter.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

My back deck.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Valentino’s  for sit down and Sebastian’s for take out.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Need to try more sub shops but probably Virgilio’s.

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?


What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

I’m a family man now. However, I’m glad that Cape Ann Brewing is now serving at the brewery and I’m excited to check it out.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Two Sisters or Sugar Magnolias

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Schooner festival or 4th of July events.

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

A good mix of both.

Who is your favorite local artist?

I have to give a shot out to my mother, Marion Hall.

Which is your favorite local beach?


Who has the best chowder in town?

Charlie’s Place. I also remember having a great seafood chowder at The Gull.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

I don’t subscribe to any other local blogs. I do subscribe to the feed from the Gloucester Times.

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?
Depends on my mood, but I’m a big fan of chowder in general. (I’ve always wondered why the two chowder questions aren’t next to each other.)

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

I was only able to attend the first one but I had a GREAT time! We had some friends visiting and they thought that Gloucester was a pretty impressive place based on what they saw that night. It was great to check out all the shops on Main Street as it can be hard to get there before 6 PM on normal day. I loved that we suspended our puritanical ways for one night and allowed al fresco dining on the street with *GASP* real drinks.

What is your favorite local band?

Don’t have one yet… You should feature local bands on GMG with music downloads.
 Thanks for putting so much time into producing such a great site, it is a real asset to the community.


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