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Longboards Cafe & Bar Opening Soon in Salem

Longboards Cafe & Bar will open next month on Pickering Wharf in Salem.

Longboards Cafe & Bar will open next month in the Pickering Wharf storefront that was formerly home to The Hungry Whale.

Brother owners Justin and Matthew Mattera were still hard at work Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up a six-month renovation project aimed at transforming the interior of the Wharf Street commercial space from a small 600-square-foot sandwich shop into a full 2,000-square-foot restaurant and bar.

"We hope to have a great restaurant down here and will concentrate on micro-beers, unique wines and a variety of specialty cocktails," Justin Mattera said Tuesday. "The house special will be our famous lobster roll and our new assortment of creative flat-bread sandwiches."

Similar to The Hungry Whale, the front end of the business will offer a small indoor and outdoor seating area and a counter where customers on the go can place take-out orders.

Up a ramp into the back, the space opens up into a modern bar area, complete with with several large flat-screen televisions, where Mattera said he and his brother hope to showcase local sports teams.

Is there a beer variety or favorite food item that you're hoping will be included on the Longboards Cafe and Bar menu when it opens next month?

Let us know in the comments section below.

We'll be sure to let you know when Longboards is ready to open.

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Ashley Judge July 03, 2013 at 07:33 PM
good luck - can't wait to try it! (p.s. surprised by the negativity in these comments. not sure why there would be opinions before you've even opened ... the internet gives haters a lot of courage!)
Joeli Gewirtz July 06, 2013 at 02:22 PM
What day are you opening?
lesholmes40 July 07, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Congratulatoins! We are looking forward to having cocktails there soon. Carmine & Leslie
Myron S. Stone July 07, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Let me know when you open, Nick Sassani and I want to come for lunch. GOOD LUCK Myron Stone
Sue LeClaire July 07, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Looking forward to your fabulous lobster roll with a hard cider! Best of luck!

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