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THEN and NOW – Main Street (1873)

Before photo and information Submitted by Fred Bodin:

51 Main Street (Cafe Bishco is there now).

West End of Main Street buildings, including the Cape Ann Savings Bank and the YMCA.

The second floor of the bank building became Gloucester’s first YMCA in 1858, one of the oldest Y’s in the U.S. The first YMCA was established in Boston in the Old South Church.




Welcome to the West End ~ Short & Main! Gloucester’s Latest Restaurant

Fred Bodin Submits-

I just had to go the grand opening of Short & Main Tuesday evening. They’re at 36 Main Street, where Valentino’s used to be. Pretty packed by 8pm, but we found seats at the counter that faces the open kitchen. We sat in front of an iced tray of lobster, shrimp, clams, and oysters.They serve draft beer and have a full liquor license.

Amelia Monday shucked our oysters and placed them on an iced platter. Fresh and delicious!

This was the view from my seat. It’s fun to watch your food being prepared, and your pizza baked in the wood-fired brick oven. Very cozy and friendly place.

Janet and I shared a La Quercia Prosciutto pizza, made with arugula and Parmesan. It was quite tasty and unlike any pizza I’ve ever had.


Short & Main

Short & Main: Welcome to the West End

Fred Bodin submits-

Walking to my car tonight, I heard a circular saw running behind the old Valentino’s restaurant on Main Street. One guy was working OT to get it together for the 4pm opening of Short & Main tomorrow. Here’s a view of the main dining room. New decor and lighting, with a long bar and open kitchen.

Looks inviting to me! They also own the Market Restaurant in Annisquam.


Fred Bodin Bodin Historic Photo


Here’s a video interview Donna Ardizzoni did last month as they were preparing to open-

HarborWalk Comes to the West End of Main Street Gloucester MA

Fred Bodin writes-

Sean Marler from Mystic Scenic Studios levels the top of a Story Moment marker on Main Street in front of the Sargent Murray Gllman House. Sean estimates there are about eight more markers left to install signage on.

The narrative sign with smart phone QR code is then epoxied and bolted to the granite marker. The post card shows Main Street and Gray’s Hardware on the left, which I wrote about on GMG in September 2011.  All I need now is a smart phone!

Fredrik D. Bodin, Bodin Historic Photo

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