WILMINGTON, MA — Michael’s Place, located at 110 Lowell Street, is looking to reopen later this summer with a new look and a new man in charge. The restaurant has been closed since early April for renovations.
Mike Zarella, who runs “Stumble Inn Bar & Grill,” located in Londonderry, New Hampshire, has confirmed to Wilmington Apple that he is taking the reins at Michael’s Place. He’ll be running it on behalf of a restaurant group who will own the business.
The Wilmington eatery will keep its original name, with a rebrand to “Michael’s Place Bar and Grille.”
The restaurant aims to re-open in early August.
Zarella’s Stumble Inn Bar & Grill, according to its website, is “a great comfortable neighborhood place with excellent food and drinks at a great value. [It] has live entertainment on the weekends, a large beautiful patio, dart boards, pool tables, and a friendly staff.”
Michael’s Place is synonymous with longtime Selectman Mike McCoy, who owned and operated the restaurant for 31 years. In February 2015, McCoy sold the business to Beesa Ram. McCoy remains the owner of the land.
Without McCoy at the helm, the restaurant appears to have suffered a decline in service, based on online review sites and threads in various Wilmington Facebook groups.
The restaurant ran into problems earlier this year, during its license renewal process, when questions were raised surrounding management and ownership. Selectmen had to hold an “informational hearing” with the owner to confirm the identity of the restaurant’s manager, owner and directors. The restaurant also had to make upgrades to satisfy the Fire Department.
Wilmington Apple reached out to Mr. Zarella after seeing a resident’s post on the Wilmington Community Board Page on Facebook. Thank you Dan Furbush.
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