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From left, Gaslight owners Seth Woods, Matt Burns, Jeffrey Gates; Sen. Thomas McGee; Tom Terranova, vice chairman of the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen; and Philip Crawford, chairman of the Lynnfield selectmen, at the ribbon cutting opening the restaurant at MarketStreet in Lynnfield.
BY GAYLA CAWLEY
LYNNFIELD — MarketStreet continues to grow with the addition of Gaslight, a Boston-based restaurant, which serves French cuisine with an American flair.
Gaslight, located at 600 MarketStreet, had its soft opening on Jan. 4 when it began serving dinner, but had its grand opening on Monday. The grand opening, featuring a ribbon cutting, was attended by the restaurant’s three owners — Jeffrey Gates, Matt Burns and Seth Woods. Sen. Thomas McGee and Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce President Deanne Healey were among a host of other guests.
After the ribbon cutting, guests were treated to the first lunch served by Gaslight in Lynnfield. Gates said the grand opening was the first day the restaurant was open for lunch. He said the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner every day and will also serve brunch on Sundays.
Burns said the cuisine at Gaslight is French-inspired. He said there are elements of dishes that invoke the French, like escargot, but there are also menu options that “Americans have a high level of comfort with,” including chops, steaks and different items that “may not be quintessentially French.”
“We haven’t forgotten our American roots,” Gates said.
Burns said Gaslight has only one other location, which is in Boston, and opened in 2007. He said he and his partners felt that there is a sophistication around the clientele in Lynnfield. He added that people in the area have been asking him and his partners to come to Lynnfield.
Gates said the restaurant seats 300 people, with 65 outdoor seats. He added that a unique feature is the outdoor bar, which he was told is the first in Lynnfield. Private event space at Gaslight holds up to 80 people and quite a few events have already been booked.
Healey said it is nice to see new businesses, especially those based in Boston, see value in the North Shore.
“We’re happy to have Gaslight here,” Healey said. “It represents a cuisine not represented in this area before.”
McGee said he is excited to see MarketStreet continue to thrive and was happy to be present for the Gaslight opening. He said he was looking forward to spending time at the restaurant with his family.
“I’m sure they’ll be successful,” McGee said.
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