a little news from Haverhill (Blue Finn open and oysters at Keon's)
Blue Finn Grill (at 130 Washington St, the old Georges) opened last week. I only had a beer but the place looks nice inside with a fairly 'safe' menu of seafood, pastas etc. the few plates i saw go by looked decent and the diners appeared to enjoy them. they have a limited bar and only four taps so my hopes for both a Proper Raw Bar and place with a Cocktail Program were dashed. Be aware that they lowered their seating capacity to avoid having to install sprinklers so if this place takes off waits could get long.
And on a happy note Keon's (105 Washington St) has added a $1 oyster special and 1/2 price apps M-F 5-630pm. I spoke with the Chef at Keon's and he seems passionate that his oysters will be of very high quality and shucked with care. He also said that he'll only be buying enough for each day's service so they may run out if I get there first. I haven't verified this with a tasting but I plan to on Thursday so I'll keep y'all posted.
stopped by Keon's last thursday for a Pint and a few oysters. they were serving Malpeque Oysters (they only offer one variety at a time) with a siracha cocktail sauce and a classic mignonette. true to what i was told the oysters were fresh, properly stored and opened expertly. and from talking with the Staff they are quite popular at $1 a pop.
As a friend of the Blue Finn Grill owners:
1) seating capacity has always been 50 which does not require a sprinkler system
2) previous establishment had no tap system, 4 tap system is an improvement
3) limited bar was due to being open less than one week at the time you were there and wil be expanded in the near future (normal for a small restaurant starting out, "grow as you go").
There is always room for another great restaurant in Haverhill. A vibrant restaurant community uplifts us all.
i'm with you on the Resto-Scene in Haverhill. i'll give Blue Finn a few weeks then try it out.
the Blue Finn owners might want to train their staff (and a few DownTown business owners) about that sprinkler issue as they are the ones that told me. i'm quite a regular DownTown and i've heard that the (year long) delay in opening was due to the sprinkler issue.
as far as the seating goes i wonder if you've been in there since the opening. the entire front 15 or so feet that used to be occupied by tables is now an open 'Lounge' with only a couple of wing-back chairs. again, it was the bartender that said that was due to the need to lower seating capacity to get under the sprinkler law.
i was just really hoping for a proper raw bar and possibly a cocktail program.