BEVERLY – The business scene in Beverly is constantly changing and as we receive information on openings, closings, moves, etc., we pass it on to our valued readers.
In this edition, a live entertainment venue closed, a sandwich shop moved to North Beverly from Wenham, and a restaurant offering authentic Mexican street food opened. Here is what we know:
It’s taco time
Nacho Tacos opened in downtown Beverly.
The restaurant is located at 230 Rantoul St., right next to Old Planters Brewing Co .; there is even a window connecting the two companies.
âWe have an extensive menu adorned with authentic Mexican street food,â says the company’s website.
Nacho Tacos hosted a smooth opening from Wednesday June 30 to Saturday July 3, with the grand opening taking place on July 5.
Normal scheduled hours are Sunday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
For more information on Nacho Tacos and to view the full menu, visit www.nachotacos.com.
Subdued stage lights on 9 Wallis
As many live entertainment venues begin to reopen, Vickie, Peter and John Van Ness have announced that 9 Wallis will not.
The Van Nesses shared the unfortunate news via Facebook on June 22.
âWe know the last 15 months have been extraordinarily difficult for you,â they posted. “They have been difficult for us too and we are extremely grateful for the kind words and support we have received from artists and fans during this calamity.”
In March 2020, when ordered to shut down 9 Wallis, the Van Nesses said they expected it to last a few weeks at most.
“Realizing that the closure would be much longer than expected, we answered the call to pivot and, in the summer of 2020, we booked 21 stellar artists for our drive-through concerts presented in a 100,000 square foot lot. secure and socially remote in Manchester-by-the-Sea, âthey shared. âUnfortunately the city shut us down after only 9 shows.â
Over the past year, the Van Nesses have said they are scrambling to be ready to reopen 9 Wallis when the time comes.
âUnfortunately, too many factors conspired to make reopening impossible,â they shared. âWith no income from 9 Wallis for 15 months and a substantial loss due to the closure of our drive-ins, we are no longer able to continue to pour our own money into the venue. Considering the hefty reopening costs, combined with our landlord at 9 Wallis refusing to forgive any rent, we just don’t have the money to reopen. More importantly, we no longer have enough assets to face the enormous risks inherent in operating a concert hall.
Root in North Beverly
Grassy Roots, a sandwich shop that had been located in Wenham for over a decade, moved to the streets and set up shop at 136 Dodge St. in Beverly.
âThe last 13 years at Wenham have been the best,â owner and chef Jenny Grammas shared on Facebook on June 18. âFirst and foremost we want to let you know how much we appreciate the love and support of our Hamilton Wenham community and beyond! The past year has been incredibly difficult, but thanks to the support of our amazing customers, we are ready to grow! â
Grassy Roots officially opened in North Beverly on June 21.
âWe are delighted to be in our new space,â explained Grammas. âWe so appreciate the patience of our amazing customers as we troubleshoot our new menu, our brand new computer system for the departure and training of all of our fabulous new staff.â
The menu, made with local and organic ingredients where possible, includes an all-day breakfast, salads, bowls, sandwiches, wraps and drinks including juices, smoothies, coffee and tea.
The new site is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on Grassy Roots and to view the restaurant menu or order online, visit www.grassyroots.com.
Other company news
– Beverly Wild Bird & Pet Supply, 214 Rantoul St., closed at the end of May.
– Ryal Side Auto Center moved to 126 Park St. from 88 River St.