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Vine Brook Tavern Opens Next Month and More Nearby Food News

Also in this month's restaurant round-up: Gemma Ristorante could reopen as Cooper's Tavern, and Wakefield ice cream parlor travels back in time.

We know Winchester residents don’t just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking. 

Restaurant coming and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month.

Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the past month.

LEXINGTON

Vine Brook Tavern Eying an October Opening in Lexington Center

Its liquor license now approved, a late October opening could be on tap for the Vine Brook Tavern.

The restaurant’s ownership team took over 20 Waltham St. about a month ago, and swaths of paint on the side of the building hint at the transformation happening at the former home of Buca di Beppo and its equally Italian predecessor, Vinny T’s. 

With a name that’s screams colonial Lexington, Vine Brook Tavern plans to put American cuisine back on the map here in town, according to Marcus Palmer, the restaurant’s owner/operator.

ARLINGTON

Gemma Site Could Become ‘Cooper’s Tavern’

The recently closed Gemma Ristorante in Arlington Center might become “Cooper’s Tavern.” If approved, Cooper’s Tavern will be just steps away from the original Cooper’s Tavern, where, on April 19, 1775, “the old men of Menotomy” planned an ambush on a British supply wagon.

Later that historic day, British troops stormed the tavern, killing Jabez Wyman and Jason Winship, both of whom were unarmed. The troops also pillaged the tavern, according to a guide by the Menotomy Minuteman Historical Trail. Today, the Cooper’s Tavern monument (pictured) in front of Starbucks marks the old site.

WAKEFIELD

Cravings Travels Back In Time

Try taking an ice cream parlor and literally moving it across the street.

That's what Rick Campbell, the owner of Cravings since March 15, 1993, of Salem, N.H., did when he relocated his existing business into a vintage ice cream parlor, with the look of the 1920s after the original owner died from 400 Main St. to 389 Main St. Now called Creations, 400 Main St. sells organic lunch and smoothies.

Gingerbread Construction Company Involved In the Community

Local grocery store bakeries are probably the most inexpensive choice. But if gourmet pastries are what you're looking for, The Gingerbread Construction Company, at 52 Main St., isn't a bad gig, either.

Nineteen varieties of the store's muffins have been recognized by the Phantom Gourmet and have won other awards. Phantom Gourmet loves the Strawberry Shortcake, but Blueberry is the most popular with customers, which haven't stopped coming in since the Wakefield location opened in 1995.

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