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Salem's Great Escape Restaurant Closes

Salem's Great Escape Restaurant is now closed.

Salem Patch file photo: Great Escape Restaurant.
Salem Patch file photo: Great Escape Restaurant.

Great Escape Restaurant, which opened for business on St. Peter Street in September of 2010, is now closed, an employee confirmed Tuesday morning. 

Click Here for an updated story featuring comments from the future owner of A&B Salem. 

Although she didn't give any details regarding the future of the business, she did say the restaurant was "closed for good right now" and had plans to reopen sometime in November.

The restaurant, which seats 78, is located inside the building that was formerly Salem's 19th century jail.

A Craigslist post published on Saturday suggests that a burger restaurant has plans to move in at the location.

The Craigslist post help wanted ad is for a Kitchen Manager for the "North Shore's newest hot spot" A&B Salem at 50 St. Peter St.

"Exciting new concept coming to Salem! We are a healthier, local farm to table burger and craft beer restaurant," the ad reads. 

Salem Patch will keep you posted as information is released. 
Michael McNeil October 08, 2013 at 11:54 AM
No parking hurt.
Jack Carver October 08, 2013 at 12:48 PM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/AB-Burgers/512226788812725
Liz October 08, 2013 at 12:57 PM
while I can't sneeze at craft beer, I could do without more burgers.
Rhonda Culbert October 08, 2013 at 01:01 PM
No parking hurts. Very inconvenient to get in and out and the prices were high. Wonder if a burger place going to be much better. Still need parking.
Rie Johnson October 08, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Should have left it as a tourist attraction as this is one of the oldest jails in the country-- who needs another restaurant? There is a restaurant every 20 ft., and another Burger joint.. really - is there no imagination?? Think this would be a great facility for tourism opportunity- a theatre production of the Great Escape would be more entertaining and certainly more imaginative
Rob F October 08, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I dont get it, This place was ALWAYS packed (when I was there). Their food was incredible and its now OCTOBER in Salem. What Gives? In any note, loved the place and if they open a place again ide be happy to continue patronizing them.
jcb316 October 08, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Amy and Thomas have been working extremely hard and I can't wait to see what they bring to Salem! I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
melas October 16, 2013 at 01:44 AM
FREE ADVICE: Move the bar area from the small back room. The bar should be in the center of the restaurant. & Modest prices. Good luck to the new business.
melas October 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM
In business, don't listen to your friends, they will tell you what you want to hear; listen to your critics. It's sad when you walk into a new establishment and already know its days are numbered. The Great Escape had a nice dining room, but the bar was hidden away in a separate room...huge, huge, huge mistake. Put the bar in the dining room and bring the restaurant to life! Ask me about any restaurant and I'll tell you the truth.
Drew October 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Right on, the bar felt like you we're in prison, and the 19 year old asking if you had a reservation on a Monday in Jan kind of killed it for me. Being forced to valet my car also was a deal breaker. Try a really good veggie burger, and you might have something. A turkey burger might hit the spot as well.

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