The flags that you see lining the boulevard are organized each year by Pauline Bresnihan. She owns the gift shop Pauline’s Gifts, on Essex Avenue in Gloucester, with many lovely hand painted and whimsical items for your home and garden.
Piping Plover Chronicles – new series – currently following three different PiPl families at three different locations. This is great for comparing and contrasting. Our PiPls are behind, by several weeks. Not because they arrived any later, but because of dog and human disturbance in the nesting area, which is due to a lack of signage. We are working to correct this oversight.
A behavior shared by all Plovers is called “foot-trembling.” Also called “foot-tapping” and “foot-pattering,” the vibration caused by the PiPl shaking its foot brings worms and other prey closer to the surface of the sand.
Please send in your wildlife stories, restaurants and businesses you think we ought to know more about and help support, fun recipes, and anything else you would like to share about.
Wishing Amelia and Nico all the best in their next adventure. Thank you for a decade of wonderful nights out at your magical cove-side restaurant.
Amelia and Nico write,
“After a decade, we decided to close our beloved Market Restaurant. Although this coincides with the closing of many restaurants due to the pandemic, this was a decision we made some time ago. Our priority right nw is to create a lifestyle more conducive to raising a family.
…We want to thank our Annisquam and Gloucester communities for welcoming us to the neighborhood and embracing us. Thank you for believing in us and letting us take over the The Market. Thank you for the vases of flowers from your garden, bundles of herbs, plots of land to plant vegetable, paintings, letters of support and of course your patronage over the years.
And to all our customers, we couldn’t have returned year after year without your willingness to visit us on a tiny peninsula on a small (almost ) island in a rickety building hanging over the ocean. We are humbled by your support and love.
Thank you all.
Ameilia and Nico”
Note – Amelia and Nico are cooking at Sort and Main for the time being and working out details to launch Market Catering. Gift certificates to the Market will be honored at Short and Main
Although it is burger night at Short and Main, you can also order their fabulous thin crust pizzas made with all super fresh ingredients– never, ever greasy– as well as salads from Cedar Rock Gardens beautiful fresh greens, with other fun and delicious ingredients such as beets, citrus, fresh herbs, and/or an assortment of cheeses added.
Order for pick up from today’s menu. Call or place your order online and a staff member will BRING YOUR ORDER TO YOUR CAR on Main Street or Short Street. No cash no signatures! Just call from your car when you arrive. : 1-978-281-0044
Obviously things are moving pretty fast. Before Governor Baker’s announcement we had decided to close our dining room and switch to takeout service only. We are ready to continue serving you in a safe and responsible way.
Place your order over the phone with a credit card and we will deliver to your car on Short Street. No cash, no signatures, no door handles.
We are of the belief that we can’t be too cautious or too clean. It’s for that reason that we will not be doing delivery at this time as it adds an extra link in the chain that we’re unable to control. We hope that you trust us to be diligent and mindful during this time. That trust feels personal to us and we’d like to keep it at all costs.
We will be opening an hour early; 4pm to 9pm for now.
Our public events are obviously canceled but we will still be serving burgers and fried chicken on the first and last Wednesdays of the month. You can pre-order via phone or email if you’re worried about our popular specials running out.
Let’s FLATTEN THE CURVE together!
-sincerely Short & Main
Wednesday March 25th Burger Night
Friday March 27th Steve Lacey Record Release
Saturday March 28th GIRL lbgtq dance party
Wednesday April 1st Fried Chicken from Green Circle Farm
Last night at Short and Main we had the best dinner of oven roasted Cape Cod Sea Scallops, warm farm fresh winter veggies, and the always superb Louis Prima pizza. Bethany, our friendly and knowledgeable bartender, asked if I would like to try Cappelletti instead of Aperol. I did try and absolutely LOVED it!!!
I found Cappelletti to be dryer and more richly flavorful than Aperol. Aperitivo Capelletti and Aperol are both red bitter liqueurs (aperitivos). Some red bitter liqueurs are spirit based and some are wine based. Cappelletti is categorized as gentian root infused aromatized wine. It’s difficult to find a list of ingredients because the recipes are closely guarded family secrets. Essentailly Cappelletti is made of wine, bitter gentian root, carmine (cochineal), alpine herbs, and spices. Carmine is obtained from grinding beetle shells into a fine powder and is what gives Cappelletti its distinct ruby red color. Carmine has been used for centuries to color food, clothing, cosmetics, and paint pigment.
Cappelletti may be the oldest classic red bitter liqueur in production. “The producer, which goes by the full name Antica Erboristeria Cappelletti, was first established in 1909. For most of their first century they were located in the historic Piazza Fiera in the center of Trento. Today they are located 20 km south of Trento in Aldeno, surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards. As the name would suggest, the firm was and is still today focused on products from traditional herbs, roots and flowers. They achieved fame in the region for their productions of amari and aperitivi, including the classic red bitter Aperitivo Cappelletti. All production is done in house by the fourth generation of the family, Luigi and Maddalena.”
Next time you are at Short and Main, say hi to Bethany and try a Cappelletti Spritz. You won’t be disappointed ❤
Short and Main is located at the corner of Short Street and Main Street at 36 Main Street, Gloucester. During the winter months, they are open from Wednesday through Sunday.